For my worldbuilding, I've got my characters, Mikayla <"Kay", "Ayla" as nicknames> and Jennifer <"Jenny"> and now they're present in my new streamlined settings which consist of two universes, Universe 1, mentioned below, an alternate-history set in our world, and Universe 2, an entirely independent alternate continuity set on a fictional Earth.
More about the setting:
Our world, alternate-history and generally intends to be a Type I/Type II Alternate History, as defined by TV Tropes – so more about realism and certain historical events have to happen, albeit differently.
These real-world historical events are of major importance:
Ancient Romans and Roman Britain
Henry VIII/Mary Queen of Scots' reign
World War I / World War II
I have my setting – three settings – the United Kingdom
In line with the rules, this may technically qualify as fan fic since I've got alternate-history Audi, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln,Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Renault, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo automobiles within the alternate-history, and these are featured in in-universe articles by newspapers etc.
The fanfiction policy does state:
|Fanfiction is welcome on fantasywriters, so long as it is of a fantastical nature. Many of us got our start writing fanfic, so it is important to us that writers of fanfiction are able to participate here.|
|All fanfic must be clearly represented as such. It is your responsibility as a submitter to state that what you are sharing is fanfic; otherwise, your work could be mistaken for plagiarism. When you state that a piece is fanfic, you acknowledge that pieces of the work are not of your original creation; that way, there can be no confusion.|
Technically, this is mainly original work with some fanfic thrown in
I haven't fully decided yet, but it may be a pastiche, satire or parody.
I'm writing my alternate-history in a different style of fantasy-writing – I'm writing it as if it was primary sources in-universe < (newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, websites) > and have my platform ready – a localhost copy of WordPress on my development webserver on OSX.
WordPress and HTML are what I use to generate the in-universe sources
I'm effectively rebooting my world, starting from scratch as previous iterations of my work were a sandbox, but now I'm clearer on my ideas, I'm focusing more on the alt-history world for now.
My problem comes down to how to make the alternate history realistic but also interesting.
I did have a look at the alternatehistory.com wikia, but would welcome any advice, as I've only just started to get back into alternate history, but creating it, not reading it . It's a sort of change for me to go from just being passive
I've done some light Google-ing, but when it comes to alternate history, how do you make it interesting and realistic
My question relates to four major writing-related issues:
How to write alternate history
How to make the writing interesting.
Writing a pastiche
Writing a parody
I would appreciate any advice, opinions and input as I've been interested in alternate history and am now interested in trying to write it.