Writing Wednesday for February 4, 2015: The History in Your Fiction moderated by Robyn McIntyre. Follow #LitChat on Twitter or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com.magnifier-424567_640

Historical fiction authors agree that all history used in their stories must be factual. But are facts all there are when including history in fiction?

The original screenplay for the film Selma had a more kindly take on Lyndon Johnson than the completed film. Director Ava DuVernay has been quoted as saying the revised script put the focus on the African-Americans, where it belonged, rather than on the President. So facts can be—and have been–shaped to present a point of view.

How do fiction authors decide which facts to include and which to leave out? And while you may have a fact for this date and a fact for that date, what about the life inbetween—how does an author go about filling in the gaps between facts?

Whether you write fiction with a focus on history or your fiction happens to include some historical happening, how you deal with the facts can win or alienate readers. On Writing Wednesday for February 4th, we’ll take a look at including history in fiction.

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