History

A Guide to Writing Fiction Based on the 1960s and Beyond

Infusing Your Novel with Authenticity and Detail to Transport Readers to a Pivotal Era

Wilbur Greene
Aug 22, 2023
13 min read
Education
Photo by Unseen Histories 

The 1960s wasn't just a decade; it was a cultural phenomenon. From the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, the '60s were a period of rapid change, rebellion, and innovation. But here's the thing – writing a novel set in the 1960s is more than just sprinkling in some references to Woodstock and the Civil Rights Movement. It's about capturing the essence of the era, the feelings, the tensions, and the euphoria. Authenticity is your best friend here. Imagine reading a novel set in the '60s where the characters are texting each other – sounds ridiculous, right? That's what happens when you don't do thorough research. As a writer, your job is to transport your readers to the decade of the counterculture revolution, the rise of rock 'n' roll, and the struggle for equal rights.

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