Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tips for Writers Part Eight - The Alternate History Genre

The genre of alternate history is a fascinating one, imagining history unfolding in a radically different way, resulting in utterly different timelines, landmark events and notable personalities. What if England had fallen to the Spanish Armada in 1588? Perhaps Napoleon wasn’t defeated at Waterloo? What if the Confederacy had won the civil war? What would the world have been like if the Russian Revolution had never happened? 

Whatever road you decide to follow, attempting to rewrite the ending to a familiar story or present an alternative scenario could take you in all sorts of interesting directions. A radically different take on familiar characters and situations, while they may not be marketable in themselves, will help to get your creative juices flowing and perhaps serve as inspiration for your own piece of work. 

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