Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 2(4), pp. 108 - 114
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020401
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Writing the Past: Personal Narrative Voice and Creative Process in Writing a Historical Fiction


Leni Marlina *
State University of Padang, Indonesia

ABSTRACT

Humans always need to learn their past and history in order to face the present and to create the future. Learning about the past through creative works can be done through writing historical fictions. Bennett[2] affirms that the general purpose of the historical fiction is ‘to bring history to life by fictionalizing the past and reflecting a specific time period; sometimes done by reconstructing characters, events, movements, ways and spirit of life.’ In addition, historical fiction can take various forms and depictions. One of the interesting forms is the historical fiction which potrays the fictional characters in fictional situations, but in the context of a real historical period. Furthermore, the creative writing about the the past can be found in some literary genres such as gothic. The gothic work which has most influenced the author’s creative process in writing historical fiction is a classic novel, Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto[13]. This gothic novel has many unhistorical elements such as ghosts and other supernatural things. However, Walpole’s novel is helpful in understanding an example of historical fiction. Moreover, the novel inspires the author as an emerging writer in constructing the past and to present it to modern readers. This paper contains the author’s personal narrative voice and it discusses how Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto gives the author inspiration in the creative process of writing a short story entitled “The Grandfather’s Story” which brings individual’s history by fictionalizing the past in the context of Australian history.

KEYWORDS
Historical Fictions, Creative Process, Writing the Past, Creative Writing

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[1] Leni Marlina , "Writing the Past: Personal Narrative Voice and Creative Process in Writing a Historical Fiction," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 108 - 114, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020401.

(b). APA Format:
Leni Marlina (2014). Writing the Past: Personal Narrative Voice and Creative Process in Writing a Historical Fiction. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 2(4), 108 - 114. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020401.