My love for Music


So, I have been wanting to come up with some fresh and NEW content for you! And something that is totally new and different. I was talking with a friend and she said, why don’t you just talk about what you enjoy the MOST! And I said, well, that is music but I didn’t know “how” to do a blog post about it. She suggested I come up with the idea that I write a post about my love for music, and that’s when I decided I will work on it for my audience. 

I decided to title the blog post “My love for Music”, because it is just that simple.

I love music.

I live and breath music. 

I grew up in a very musical home and my Dad was a worship leader for many years and was even in a non christian band The Flying Fonzarelli’s, before he went to church. Fast forward 30 plus years and he became a Radio Announcer for Triple M. He has interviewed people like Joel Quartermaine from Eskimo Joe, Samantha Jackson (Mel Gibson’s personal trainer), just to name a few!

Growing up in a house where music was played constantly, there were various genres played, from your 70’s disco sounds like ABBA, to the 80’s Madonna era to the 90’s (your early years of Mariah Carey era).

I have so many artists that I would love to share that are my favourite, it would honestly fill up probably 10 pages, but I don’t want to give you a list and bore you to death. I will write down a list of favourite artists in my next blog post just for fun!

Someone said to me the other day, along the lines of, “Music is the number one thing you want to do”. I didn’t say anything, but that person knew me well. 

I currently am working on a music project and am working on releasing a single “Mood to party” in which I wrote the lyrics and then when I went to Artisan Music in Malaga on the 8th of April 2021, the producer Patrick Carre helped me change lyrics and melodies from the collaboration I did with Bobby Gray at The Artist studio in Sydney (via Zoom videos). 

I will be going back this Wednesday on the 28th of April to finalise the song and re perform it with the new lyrics and melodies Patrick and I came up with. I am really looking forward to recording in the studio. I have a website showcasing my songs and covers that I have done and I have also showed several of my demo’s on SoundCloud. You can find it on Emmalisa Tilli Music.

It really is exciting for me, and I have never had such a wonderful project to work on. The best and most fun part is coming up with the cover artwork for the single, in which I believe I will definitely be using my creative right brain when it comes to it. I have SO many ideas, and I can’t wait to do a photo shoot for it!!!

So, it’s more than exciting and my heart wants to burst at the fact that I am ACTUALLY recording in a proper recording studio! I am looking forward to the final results, and when done it will be on Spotify for you to have a listen. I will update my website with the song and also my Facebook and Instagram page which is both “Emmalisa Tilli Music”.

Have a listen to my FIRST ever demo here. It is called “Raise it up“.

I have done several demo’s and am considering on whether to record all songs and put on an EP or an album. I love my song “LOVE” because of the rhythm and the beat. It is probably my favourite, but I chose “Mood to Party” as my first single because it was one of my favourites too. Out of all the demo’s/songs I did, it really grabbed my attention the most, and it’s a bit of a dance type song so I really hope that when it comes out, you will be able to groove to it, and find it fun!

The songs that I have done demos with are a very dance pop feel, but my first non christian song I ever wrote actually has a rock style to it. I haven’t done the music, just the words, but its a very special song to me, because I stopped writing for many years because of a busy lifestyle. As a teenager, I wrote a lot out of spirituality and from the heart. I think I stopped writing music at 19 because then and after I was working either full time or studying part time and working part time plus church activities. I won’t be giving away my first song title that I wrote because I want it to be a surprise! The song has to be a surprise! It’s going to take a long time to get the recording done, but if ABBA takes 18 months to produce a single, then it can wait too.

I have done a Singer/Songwriter course through Talent College, and I learnt about warming up your vocals and different techniques.

I also learnt about establishing your own unique brand and sound, Melody and Chords, Designing and Writing for yourself, Effective Collaborations that boost your profile and Recording your own material and presenting ideas.

My favourite part was the Goal Setting and the Vision Board. I have created a white board with “Music Goals/Plans of 2021” and at the TOP of that list is releasing mood to party as a single and that is coming TRUE!!!!

I was going to put another song as a single but it may be too much for me to dive into. I wish I could record more than one song but we have to see how I go first with doing one song for now! It has definitely kept me happy!

For now, I am just happy to be recording this one song and I will be spending four hours on it on Wednesday so that’s plenty of time for me to get it right (I think!) Last session I didn’t get to finish, but hopefully this session will be everything I dreamed of, and I can’t wait to share the single with you!

What type of music do you like to listen to?

Do you play an instrument?

I am going to collate a list of favourite artists in my next blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading about “my love for music”!

Emmalisa

My TOP 5 Books to read this year in 2021 (PART 1)


The following five books are a few books that I would recommend to read for the year of 2021. I actually have a signed copy by Charles Spencer himself for number 2 which is exciting and thrilling nonetheless.

I am taking my time with these reads as the first one is quite detailed and full of lots of information. Highly interesting and intellectual and I find it knowledgeable and it probably could lean towards the word, scholarly. I added three books in the following picture that aren’t in the blog but I may do something about the book on Victoria by A.N. Wilson. I started reading it in Scarborough and still have yet to finish that one as I went on a rushed shopping day to Koorong not too long ago and bought all those books I blogged about previously.

Here is an account for each book and I hope you enjoy reading! 📖

1. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens was a phenomenal writer. His novels are read the world over and he enriched the English Language. He mocked power and greed while speaking up for ordinary people. His public readings brought adoring crowds, and he was seen as a cheerful family man. Yet there was a darker Dickens whose demons drove him to reject his wife, fail his children, break with friends and conduct a secret love affair in his last years. In this book, Claire Tomalin gives us the best account yet of the man, his works, his times and, most of all, his extraordinary genius. It is powerful and remarkable as said by “The Times”.

2. To catch a king – Charles Spencer

How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British History? King Charles I was beheaded in 1649 outside his palace of Whitehall, when his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was defeated by Cromwells armies at the battle of Worcester. Expecting to meet the fate of his father, Charles fled for his life. From hiding in an oak tree to travelling as one half of an eloping couple and observing celebrations of his rumoured demise, he relied on grit, fortitude and good luck to survive.

In this gripping action packed, true adventure story, best selling author Charles Spencer draws on extensive archive material, Pepys account and many others to retell the epic adventure of Charles II.

3. Henry V – William Shakespeare

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. 

4. The Children’s Book – A S Byatt

Famous author Olive Wellwood writes a special private book, bound in different colours, for each of her children. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story book world but their lives, and those of their rich cousins and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries its own secrets.

They grow up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, but as the sons rebel against their parents and the girls dream of independent futures, they are unaware that in the darkness ahead they will be betrayed unintentionally by the adults who love them.

The “Irish Times” says the book is “compelling and tremendously enriching an intricate tale, energetically fashioned by a spinning fairy in the attic, an indefatigable storyteller.”

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Schaffer

It’s 1946. The war is over, And Juliet Ashton has writers block.

But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adam’s of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey literary potato peel pie society.

Through their letters, the society tells Juliet about life on the island, their love of books and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

Please let me know in the comments section which book you would love to read first?

Do you have a favourite?

Love Emmalisa

How to wear french lipsticks with red color like a Parisian?

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How to wear french lipsticks with red color like a Parisian?

Meta: Parisian with red color of french lipsticks is a symbol of beauty to most women. Let’s explore tips to wear red lipstick like a Parisian in this article.

Red lipstick is one of the most important factors making charming, attractive and classy looks of Parisian women. The beauty with red lipstick of Parisian is truly the symbol of beauty in the world which makes many women aspire to. 

Therefore, ‘How to wear red lipstick like Parisian’ is the question of many women. Let’s explore in this article much useful information about french lipsticks, makeup and how to attain amazing Parisian’s looks with red lipstick.

Incredible Parisian beauty with red lipstick of Léa Seydoux, a famous French actress

1. Why should you choose a passionate red color of french lipsticks?

General information about french lipsticks 

Cosmetic industry has increasingly developed in France for centuries and contributed significantly to the economy’s revenue. France now is the largest beauty products exporter in the world, thanks to so many leading beauty care brands such as L’Oréal, REVLON, The Estée Laudre,… which have both fame and prestige.  

French lipsticks are the worldwide favourite beauty products. Most women will take a look at french lipsticks if they want to find a new one. These beauty items are famous for high quality and wonderful colors, especially passionate red color which can give users charming and attractive looks.

And do you know what lipstick in french is? French call it ‘rouge à lèvres’. 

Why should you choose red lipstick?

French lipsticks are always good choices for your makeup. But why is red color choice remarkable? 

Unlike other red items, red lipstick gives an incredible beauty for women. A woman with red lipstick looks more outstanding and attractive. In psychology, this color expresses a powerful and energetic spirit. It also creates the impression about boldness and braveness. 

That’s why women use red lipstick to attract men’s attention on dating. Besides, it’s also an effective way to evoke inspiration, motivation and confidence for work and many challenges in life.

Parisian red lipstick – standard of red lipstick

There are many reasons making Parisian red lipstick the standard of this lipstick type. But the main one is that it’s from Paris, the heart of France, where the biggest cosmetic industry in the world was born. Paris is also where many leading beauty brands place their headquarters. 

With long-term development, french lipsticks have high quality with a wide range of colors. Red colors are steadily at the top best-sellers. In the lipstick world, the colors are very varied. If you go to the store and just ask for a red lipstick, the sales assistant will give you dozens of types to choose.

Parisian red lipstick is considered as the trend maker. As a pioneer, french leading beauty brands manufacture their lipsticks with many red tones, creating lipstick color trends in the word and deeply impact other foreign beauty brands.

However, the important thing that makes most women aspire is the beauty of Parisian girls with red lipstick. They have remarkable looks with classy beauty, confidence, braveness, powerful and energetic spirit. All make other people have to pay their attention to them.

So, how to put on red lipstick like a Parisian is a helpful beauty tip, as well as the concern of many women.

REVLON is one of the leading beauty brands with high-quality french lipsticks

2. Put on passionate red color of french lipsticks with Parisian’s tips

Not just choosing a red lipstick, Parisians do more to attain their attractive looks. Red lipstick makeup, red lip outfits, the way to better lips, etc. are what you should take a look at to know how Parisians have such beautiful looks with red lipstick. Here are 4 tips to wear red lipstick like a Parisian.

Choose suitable red lipstick

First of all, suitable red lipstick is the most important factor. The right red tone will help bring out your face. You can find it with 3 steps below:

  • Find your undertone
  • Determine what you want: to match or contrast
  • Complement your complexion

Besides, the textures of lipstick, including 2 two main types are matte and liquid, also impacts on the effects of lipstick. It’s relevant to lasting-color time and ability to conceal the lip’s blemishes. In common, matte texture is better at lasting color and liquid texture is better at concealing lip’s blemishes.

Red lipstick makeup

Makeup styles with red lipstick

Red is a remarkable color and often considered as evening lipstick color. But you definitely use red lipstick for daily makeup. Not just day or night, it’s also suitable for almost all situations. Thus, when to wear red lipstick is no problem. You can choose this lipstick color whenever you want to be more attractive and energetic.

Classic red lipstick makeup with smoky eyes and cat-eye liner is the perfect choice for evening events. In case of daily makeup, all you should do is skip the eye makeup step and replace with slim eyeliner. 

Lip makeup tools

To gain the perfect lips with red lipstick, don’t forget to use lip makeup tools such as lip liner and lip brush to apply lipstick steadily on your lips. Lip concealer is another tool you should use to make it easier applying.

Red lip outfits

Fine feathers make fine birds. The outfits play an important role to give you an attractive appearance. If you have a good makeup look with red lipstick, bring it out with suitable outfits, going with your makeup style. Classic red lipstick is the popular red tone because it helps you combine outfits easily.

Amazing red lip outfits for powerful and classy beauty 

Lip care

Another important factor to make perfect lips with passionate red color of french lipsticks is lip care. Dry lips with flaked skin can’t be ideal to apply any lipsticks. To care for your lips, there are 2 main steps, including exfoliation and moisturization. 

Exfoliation

There are some notices about exfoliation you should remember:

  • Exfoliate your lips 1-2 times per week and avoid over exfoliation
  • You can use an exfoliating product for lips or do it yourself with common ingredients such as sugar, cinamon, etc.
  • Treat gently with your lips because it’s rather thin skin and vulnerable. Don’t scrub hard.
  • Scrub in small circles for best effect.

Moisturization

Like other skin parts of our body, lips need to be moisturized for smoothness. There are more moisturizing products for the body and face than lip. In case you have Asian skin, let’s consider these products from Korea. Korean moisturisers that will suit Asian skin now are very easy to buy with affordable prices.

However, there are still thousands of moisturizing products for lips which are called lip balm or lip gloss. In case you want to use organic products for your lips, moisturizing ingredients such as olive oil, honey, etc. can be the perfect choices. You can directly apply them on your lips before sleeping.

Conclusion 

French lipsticks definitely deserve the favorite beauty items of most women with high quality, fame and prestige. And their passionate red color of french lipsticks is one of the most important factors making charming, attractive and classy looks of Parisian women.

To answer the question ‘How to wear red lipstick like Parisian’, this article gives you much information about french lipsticks, makeup and lip care tips. Hopefully you find it useful to attain amazing Parisian’s looks with red lipstick. 

Thanks for your reading!

Tips for Thriving as You Adapt to Life During and After COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people around the world. Even with restrictions lifting, many individuals continue to struggle. The United Nations has even warned of a global mental health crisis as a result. Whether you are getting back out into the world or prefer to seek comfort in your own home, it’s important to take care of yourself during this time.

Making your mental and physical health a priority is paramount. That said, you aren’t in this alone. There are many tools and resources available to help you, even if you aren’t ready to leave the house yet. Read on for tips on how you can ensure you are looking and feeling your best as you adapt to life during and after COVID-19.

Revamp your home.

Your home should be a place that brings you comfort and makes you feel safe. Clearing bad energy from your home will create a more positive space. If you notice you’re feeling anxious or your family is arguing more than usual, it’s time for a deep cleanse. Open the windows to let in light and air, use a sage stick throughout the house, and get rid of clutter.

Pay special attention to the bedroom. Creating a relaxing environment here ensures you get the rest you need at night. According to The Age, as many as 40% of Australians don’t get sufficient sleep. Aim for at least seven hours per night. To make sure this is the case, eliminate extra light and noise from the room. You can buy blackout curtains and a white noise machine, for example.

Set new fitness goals.

If you’re still having trouble sleeping, ramp up your exercise habits. Physical activity will help ensure you are tired when the time comes to catch your zzzs. Exercise also promotes mental and physical health and is known to combat depression and anxiety. Setting goals can motivate you to work out harder. If you currently run one mile every day, for example, aim to increase it to two.

Look good for yourself.

If you’ve been spending more time in sweatpants and less time wearing makeup, you may be feeling the blahs. When you aren’t socializing as much or dealing with work-from-home stress, it can be hard to motivate yourself to put on a nice outfit or do your makeup. However, finding something stylish to wear, fixing your hair and trying a new eyeliner technique can make a big difference in your mood. To make sure you follow through, splurge on the mascara or eyeshadow collection you’ve been eyeing, or sign up for a new beauty subscription box. That little bit of pampering will go a long way

Tackle your anxiety head-on.

Anxiety isn’t just unpleasant mentally. It also impacts the body negatively. Anxiety can lead to headaches, a racing heart, difficulty breathing, upset stomach, and loss of libido. Be proactive about keeping anxiety at bay. Exercise is one way to help. You should also avoid triggers like alcohol and caffeine, which tend to worsen anxiety symptoms.

If you are still struggling, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Mindfulness health and wellness coaching is one option. Mindfulness combats anxiety by forcing you to focus on the present moment. You can learn practical approaches to avoiding anxiety, like breathing exercises and meditation.

Find ways to socialize.

Another important step to combatting anxiety is to socialize. Seeing friends and family reminds you that you are supported and loved. Socializing is also proven to have concrete health benefits. It can lower your risk of dementia, for example, and even contribute to a longer life. Even if you are still socially distancing, find ways to connect—for example, via video calls.

With these tips, you can start paving the path to a healthier and happier life. The COVID-19 experience has been difficult but if you prioritize self-care, you will find yourself thriving. This guide is a good starting point. And for more resources and inspiration to help you with the struggle, visit Exquisite Emmalisa today.

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Brand Collaboration with TOUCHBeauty


I recently received an email from a Brand Collaborator at TOUCHBeauty, the lovely Jenna sent me an email and I was beyond excited to be able to do a review of one of their products at TOUCHBeauty.

I was eagerly awaiting for the package to arrive, and it came on Monday the 26th October which was a bonus to start the week off with!

This product is called the UltraSonic Scrub Device which is also an exfoliating skin scrubber as seen on the website.

This Ultrasonic Scrub Device was easy to put on charge. It came with a cord, and then you place the device on top of a silver spoon looking object where it can sit on top whilst charging. It comes with an Instruction Manual, which tells you how to do things properly, and before using the device you have to ensure that your skin is cleansed thoroughly, and that all makeup is off.

I did this before trying, and then I double tapped the Double Touch Switch button once I felt it was charged enough although it says to charge the device for four hours.

The device came in excellent condition, and it was absolutely clean, and the packaging was all boxed up nicely as you can see in the pictures. So, presentation and appearance was in highly good physical condition.

I then unpacked both objects as seen in the picture, and then plugged in the cord, once charged I double tapped the button, and slid the Intensity Touch Switch bar up with my finger slightly, starting up with the first level,

I tried using the product with that level, but then decided to increase the intensity level. It felt warm against the skin, and moisturised almost.

Using the appliance you have to place the Ultrasonic Spatula blade on the skin at a 30 degree angle and then move slowly on the skin.

Whilst doing this I could feel it working against the skin and you have to massage it against the skin.

It deeply is exfoliates the skin and as said on the website it produces up to 26,000 HZ ultrasonic vibrations per second to cleanse the skin without hurting or damaging the skin.

It also is good for blackhead removal when you put the spatula on it with a light pressure, it clears them using high frequency vibrations to get rid of the sebum and debris out of the pores.

I received this product from TOUCHBeauty in which they pride themselves on having a professional attitude towards the beauty and personal care devices industry. They have twenty years experience in the industry and focus on innovation and high quality products.

Here are 5 points on the device/product:

1. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and award-winning design concepts to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage the skin. It produces up to 26,000 ultrasonica vibration per second to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin without hurt or demaging the skin. Note: Please make sure that you wet the face with water before the use.2. It has 2 main functions and features 5 intensity levels adjusting to different skincare needs. You can choose the intensity level that best fits your skin.
3. The pointy side is the cleaning function. Try using it after removing your makeup, and you will see how much makeup residues were hidden on your pores.
4. The flat side is the message function. Boost the absorption of your favorite serum or cream, the vibration will increase blood circulation while promoting relaxation.
5. Wireless charging system and cordless operation. It has a charging dock to charge the device and does not require a cable. Convenient touch operation. If you have longer nails, this will make your life so much easier.

Code: EMMALISA (30% off for the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Skin Scrubber)Shop link: https://touchbeauty.com/discount/EMMALISA?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Fultrasonic-scrub-device

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What to Say and How to Do: Writing Victorian Historical Fiction


By Sarah A. Chrisman

A Book Is A Time Machine

            A book is the best and cheapest time machine you will ever buy.  As a writer of books about the Victorian era I often think of myself as a tour guide to another time.  When showing my fellow travellers the delights of a foreign time, I always remember the importance of not only knowing the terrain through which we’re travelling, but of being respectful of its people as well.  Something I was once told about understanding modern cultures is just as applicable to understanding cultures defined by time rather than mere distance: on my first day of French class at university the professor opened her very first lecture by telling us, “French people do not say things in French because they mean them in English and just don’t know any better.  French people say things in French because they mean them in French!”  So, too, with people of different eras.  They were not modern people acting certain ways and doing certain things because they didn’t know any better: they were members of a vibrant culture of time.  If you are going to bring strangers into their world to walk amongst them, you must first understand them.

Choose A Destination

            Be very clear with yourself about the time and place that form your setting.  The Victorian era was very long and covered an immense diversity of places.  Tombstone, Arizona, of the 1880’s was very different from London of the same time, and Paris of 1900 was a radically different city from Paris of 1848.  A specific choice of where and when you’re going is the first step towards getting there.

Research, Research, Research!

            I draft all my manuscripts by hand – a number of interesting studies have shown that the creative process works differently when writing by hand than when typing.  Next to my desk is a wicker basket full of notebooks, and each one is devoted to a different book in my series.  In the back of each of these is a reading list I’ve compiled for myself of materials I want to either read or revisit before I start writing that particular story.  For example, I just finished a novel about a reporter in the American Pacific Northwest in 1889.  Looking at the reading list I assigned myself before I started writing his story, I see the memoirs of a 19th-century journalist; four Victorian-era style guides and two period articles on the subject of how to write for the press; five detective memoirs from the time; two 19th-century novels about journalists; a journalist’s trade magazine; and a number of books, magazines and newspaper articles related to my hero’s personality and the historic events through which he’s living – and this is all just background!  As I write a book, I’m constantly doing still more research and delving deeper into my characters’ world and their motivations.

            How do I put together these reading lists?  By constantly reading everything I can about the Victorian era and compulsively taking notes on them.  When I see a quote, fact or witticism that seems like it might fit into a particular story, I’ll jot it down in the notes I’m compiling for that story.  When I come across things that don’t fit with any planned project but are nonetheless worth remembering, I add them to my latest commonplace book.  This may seem like a slow and haphazard way to go about things at first, but once you’ve been at it a while you’ll be amazed at how much information you’ve compiled and how much more you’ve learned than a simple keyword search could have taught you.

Get Your Facts From the Original Sources

            Remember what I said about books being time machines and authors being tour guides?  Your research is your tour guide training, and it’s best to get that training first hand.  In other words, read materials actually written in the Victorian era, not just modern things about the Victorian era.  Think about it this way: if you landed a job giving tours of Paris, wouldn’t you rather learn your routes from a native-born Parisian than from someone who’d never been there? 

            So many written materials of all sorts were produced during the Victorian era there’s really no excuse for not reading some of them.  Try to read the same materials your characters would have been reading.  If you’re writing about a middle-class American woman, read Godey’s magazine or period issues of Good Housekeeping.  If you’re writing humor about late 19th-century London, read the hilarious novel, The Diary of a Nobody.  If your hero’s a doctor read The Lancet; for a nurse read the works of Florence Nightingale.  

            You can buy a wide variety of antique or reprinted books through websites like Abebooks.com and eBay.  Digital copies of many hard-to-find works can be downloaded for free by using the Google Books Advanced Search function, and you can then print these out and bind them into a hardcopy format.  Don’t forget about period newspapers, too!  Many communities operate digital archives of their periodicals, and these can be absolute goldmines for knowing exactly what was really happening at the precise time of your story.

            My favorite resources of all are diaries written in the 19th-century.  A surprising number of these have been published – I highly recommend Maud: The Illustrated Diary of a Victorian Woman.  Large archives often contain original diaries from people associated with their institutions; and if you’re very lucky you can sometimes find original diaries for sale from rare book dealers or even on eBay.  There is no more intimate connection to an era than reading the hand-written diary of someone who lived through it.

Some Travel Tips

            Before I send you along on your journeys, oh fellow tour guides, here are a few tips for your journey:

            —Avoid Anachronisms.  I don’t need to tell you not to give your Victorian heroine a cell phone.  Be aware, though, that it’s just as inappropriate to give her modern opinions and motivations.  Unless you are literally writing a time travel story DON’T give it a heroine who reads like she just stepped out of the twenty-first century.  Respect the world and culture you’re depicting by learning as much about it as you possibly can, then write characters appropriate to that world.

            —Don’t Stereotype.  Don’t insert modern characters into historical settings, but don’t fill those settings with flat clichés, either.  Remember that you are painting a picture of a diverse community where every individual has a complex personal history.  Flesh out those backgrounds for yourself and you can make the world come to life for your readers.

            —A Couple Basic Guide Books.  Every work of historical fiction has an entire library behind it, but there are a couple types of books that are useful to every writer of the genre.  You’ll want a period style guide.  My personal favorite is Wolstan Dixey’s The Trade of Authorship from 1889.  (Give particular attention to pp. 74-91, “The Trade”.)  Familiarizing yourself with writing advice from the time will help you settle into a style of your own that feels natural for the period.  Besides this writing guide, you’ll also benefit from a period etiquette guide.  I’m a fan of Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms.  This will give you a succinct overview of advice from the time and help you (and your characters) avoid common pitfalls.

Bon Voyage!            Your readers are depending on you to bring them to another time and place.  Be worthy of their trust by learning as much as you can about their destination and presenting it in a respectful and realistic way.  Pleasant journeys and happy trails! 

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“Books are the windows through which the mind looks out.” —Anonymous, Zion’s Home Monthly, January 15, 1889. p. 197.

Written by Sarah A. Chrisman

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Historical Fiction Writing with Universal Class LESSON 2

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ELEMENTS OF HISTORICAL FICTION

Every genre of fiction has its own special elements. The elements of historical fiction are varied. They include characterisation, setting, plot themes, and specific styles and tones.

Characterization

Let’s start with characters.

Your characters may be real people that have lived in the past.

Oftentimes, these people are famous but, of course, they do not have to be. You may do research on someone who lived in the past and shape your story around them in order to give more notice to that character. They may be someone you feel should be noted for deeds accomplished but so far, is a bit overlooked, historically speaking.



A recent novel titled Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin is a good example of this. This is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of the girl who would later become Alice in Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland. Additionally, it tells a bit of the story behind Lewis Carroll.

The story is historical fiction because we could never be privy to all of these conversations and thoughts, but for all the research the author did, we have an excellent idea of how things were and what happened.

Another option is to create completely original characters who are not based on anyone who has ever lived. If you do this, in order to make it historical fiction, you must set your characters in a historical period. Choose a specific date or event and then do as much research as you can to bring the story to life.



One thing that happens in historical fiction–that happens in all fiction, is that your characters will change over the course of your novel. The difference here is that this usually occurs because the characters are shaped by their settings.

Setting

The setting of your novel is so very important in historical fiction, almost more so than in any other genre of fiction. It is almost a character in itself. Your characters are shaped by it. Because your story is historical and set in the past, your characters will be defined by it.

It means you must also research the moral constraints of the time period.

What were the social constructs of the day?

What was acceptable and unacceptable in terms of behavior?

As your characters are shaped by this, they will change and grow throughout the story based on these morals, constraints, and patterns of behavior.

It is also important to note that you will set your story in a specific geographical place and time. This will require lots of research. Make sure you know everything you need to know about your chosen place and time, and everything your readers will want and need to know to help them through the story.

We will talk more about research in a later lesson, but be prepared. Know that research is your best friend and the most essential tool when writing for this genre.




Plot Elements

The plot elements in an historical fiction novel can be quite unique, especially when compared to the plots of other genres. For example, the problem or problems in your historical fiction novel will usually be a result of the time and place that the story is occurring.

Another way that your conflicts or problems will be a result of time or place may simply be those moral constraints we talked about before. If you are writing a historical fiction romance novel, the courtship rituals were much different back then and this could be your characters’ problem, or it could be some type of familial censuring, such as an arranged marriage, which is causing the difficulties in your story.

Your research will be a great help in showing the reader this problem and allowing them to understand where your characters are coming from.

You want your readers to read along and really feel as if your story happened, the way readers do in Alice I Have Been. You cannot possibly know everything about the characters or the time period, you want your readers to feel that you do. They should be so swept up in your writing that they never stop to question or contradict a point. This is where a good, solid plot line comes in, as does good, solid research.

Theme

The themes of historical fiction are somewhat similar to the themes of any genre, which mostly is good versus evil. However, in historical fiction, we use the people and events from the past to shed light upon some basic truth about the past.

Style and Tone

The style of an historical fiction novel includes a great deal of detail. You want to use as much accuracy as possible. Your reader must feel like they are there, in the story, in that place and time, if you want to be successful.

Style is a very important element when writing for this genre.

If you were to write an historical fiction novel without giving any thought to the style, it might come out a little, well, odd. Because you live today and you are writing about the past, the language, word choice, vocabulary, etc. might not sound quite right. What you need to do is to come up with a style and a tone that fit with your story.

For an assignment I have to choose one historical figure and characterise them, so off I go! There is an assignment to complete for this lesson for that and then an exam to submit.

I think character is important and setting are the main ones you have to start off with as it sets the tone for the rest of your writing.

I have a novel in the works while I write this, and have written three chapters but I may have to learn to be more verbose and include more dialogue in it as I included in my first assignment in the first blog post series I did for this. I mentioned in my Introduction that I am more descriptive rather than putting lots more dialogue but I believe that you have to have a balance.

This next week I will be working on the rest of the Lesson while working at small goals of assignments and exams for each lesson, so I will post each lesson on the blog!

I hope you enjoy!

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