What are the rules for what can and can’t be done with historical fiction? How much license can a writer take with the facts?
In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, author R. Clifton Spargo offers a few “rules” for historical fiction writers, including:
There’s no reason to abide by the scripts of biographies and histories. Why not take your characters off the grid? Almost anything can happen once Scott and Zelda tour a derelict bullfighting ring, or stay in a Havana hotel made famous by Hemingway, or find themselves escorted by a mysterious Cuban and his girl to a Havana juke joint—even if the real-life Zelda and Scott never visited, as far as we know, any of these places.
To read more advice from Spargo, click here.
Other features this month from Glimmer Train:
- Building a Collection of Stories by Abbie Geni
- You’re a Fiction Writing Professor by Justin Kramon
- The Fear of Not Saying Interesting Things by Kimberly Bunker
- Why I Chose to Write About a Father-Son Relationship by Catherine O’Flynn