I’m a big fan of historical fiction. I’ve probably read 90% of everything Philippa Gregory ever wrote. It’s fun, you learn a bit, you take it all with a pinch of salt, then you go to proper history books to get more facts if you’re keen to know more. Ever tried writing any?
It starts with an event or historical person. You find out, to the best of your ability, what happened and let you imagination fill in the blanks. What was said, how they did things, who they knew and events that lead up to those moments in history we knows so well can be transformed into a story of your making.
So, here is the challenge. Find a single event in history and pick a key figure. Write out the day of whichever event you choose and fill in the blanks.
As it is Guy Fawkes night, I’m going to start there. Once I’ve done a bit of research, I intend to write out the day of 5 November 1605 as lived by Guy Fawkes. What he was thinking, who he spoke to and the events leading up to his capture.
Wish me luck.
PS. I also intend to go into the garden and blow some stuff up as is tradition…