Reflection on Doing My Historical Fiction Writing Piece
My writing piece is not based on my book club’s historical fiction novel, War Horse. However, the setting for my story about the sinking of the Titanic is about the same time period of the early 20th century, specifically 1912. The actual reason I chose this topic was because I had done research on the Titanic back in first semester, and I wanted to see if I could create an imaginary story based on the facts that I had learned. I especially wanted to create a story from the perspective of young people who were on the Titanic. It’s my first time creating a historical fiction story, but it was interesting to see my research come to life!
Introduction to My Story
April 10, 1912 – Southampton, England
“Next!” shouts the ticket man at the dock just in front of a boarding plank that was leading up to a ship that was bigger than any building in London.
I clear my throat loudly, take a deep breath, and grab Willow’s hand. My 16-year-old brother Gabriel looks at me and gives me a glance that says, let me do the talking or you’ll regret it. Gabriel hands the tickets to the man and straightens his posture to his full 6 foot height.
“Where are your parents?” ticket man inquires.
“We are going to meet up with our relatives in America,” Gabriel says as if it is obvious.
“We can not have you kiddies boarding Titanic without someone older than eighteen watching over you. You are wasting my time, and I will have to ask you to leave the docking area,” he says with a smug look on his face.
“But sir, I am twenty years old and we have a letter from our aunt and uncle,” Gabriel says politely. Ticket man glares doubtfully at Gabriel, snatches the letter out of his hand, and skims through it, his frown getting deeper and deeper with each word he reads.
“Hurry up! You’re holding up the line!” an impatient passenger behind us shouts.
“All right. You kiddies may board the ship, but I have my eye on you,” he hisses.
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