H is for…History
I will be honest with you and tell you the truth, I never really liked the subject of history in school. I struggled with memorizing names of people, locations and dates just like most of my classmates.
As an adult I’m liking anything based on real historical events. I even like the idea of altered history. As a writer constantly looking for writing ideas, history is one of the best places to look. Historical events can be used as the backdrop or a main character in your story that keeps a reader engaged while tracking your characters in an established place and time.
If you’re like me and you prefer to right about the future you may think that history doesn’t have a lot to offer but you’d be wrong. Some authors are traveling through time and need a representation of both the past and future. Some writers are using actual historical events and putting similar events in a futuristic place. Another one of my favorites is putting historical people into futuristic settings or vice versa.
Writing Exercise: Pick any historical event recent or distant and make that the backdrop for your story or your principal character.
History has tons to offer. How do you incorporate history in your writing, if at all? Tell me what you think about the relationship between history and writing below.