Realistic Fiction/ Historical Fiction (Avoid history lessons (We must…
Realistic Fiction/ Historical Fiction
What is Realistic Fiction?
Realistic Fiction is stated as real kids with real problems solved in a realistic manner in a real world setting
Is most often based in the present or recent past.
These events are portrayed to raise questions that a reader might face in real life.
It's the action and conflict that move the book forward
The historical details enrich the work.
Writing fiction always comes first and then historical fiction comes second.
Avoid history lessons
We must assume that the reader does not know a period in history.
It's tempting to fall into the habit of giving a history lecture for a few paragraphs
Educating the reader may be necessary but it works best when the history comes across as part of the action.
It's extremely important not to lost the reader.
Watch out for first person
Make sure any first person character has a good reason to be telling his story
People tend not to like people who notice themselves or seem overly aware of how others perceive them.
Anyone relating a story about himself is considered annoying and self-important
Characters in Realistic Fiction have certain characteristics
They resemble real people
They live in a place that could be real
They participate in events that could probably happen
Presented with a problem that is of children to discover a realistic solution
Realistic selection may have one more elements.
Characters behave as people or animals do in real life.
The setting of the story is a real place or could be a real place
The events of the story are based on a conflict or problem that could occur in real life.