The plot thickens

Richardson, Heather (2011). The plot thickens. Writing in Education(53) pp. 26–29.



Fiction based on real people and events poses particular challenges for the writer. While the outline of the story has already been sketched by reality, sometimes the plethora of facts can be overwhelming, making it difficult for the writer to find the shape of the story. In this paper I will discuss my approach to turning a real historical event - a court case in late 17th century Edinburgh - into a piece of fiction. I will examine how I have used primary and secondary source material to create plot and character motivation.

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