Try Writing an Email to Someone in the 1700s Writing Style – They Won’t Know What to Make of It

Creative Writing is not as easy as it looks. Many people like to read historical fiction novels and read letters that one character writes to another. Indeed, in the old days, folks write a lot different than they do today. Can you even imagine writing a letter to someone in the style of writing used in the 1600s or 1700s? Well, maybe you might have a go of it and see what you come up with.

For instance, just so you get a little taste of the style to refresh your memory, below is a creative writing practice letter to a creative writing coach.


Baroness of Barbuda,

I sincerely hope this letter finds you well and do hope it meets its destiny, as there are far too many ships lost this time of year due to the frightful Hurricane Season. I find it unfortunate that you hath reduced me to no more than a rich guy, merely because our family founded the first colonies. I dare say you are wonderfully blessed by God to have the benefits of news, as it rarely finds its way to the North. We have magnificent wild turkey here, however no chickens, such a delicacy one can only dream for.


Perhaps by the grace of God we may soon have such pleasures of the plate. Indeed, there will be a trading vessel coming by next season here and our last corn harvest was good for this time of the year. Could I be so bold as to suggest that you have the local natives messenger your writings to the editors of news, as your time is valuable and you must attend to more pressing matters of running your Kingdom.

With the grace of God, I bid you a warm farewell,

Sir Lance-a-Lot of Articles


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As you can see it’s not easy to weave a letter of this type into a fictional historical story, but that is not to say it cannot be done. Would one consider this a good try? Hmm? Well, it’s okay, it’s a start, you see,


I am attempting to write a little historical fiction here, as it seems creative writing is not my forte, well unless it is Sci Fi. So, I figure I better get some practice?

Can an online article writer write fiction as well as articles for article marketing, even if most of what they write is non-fiction? Some say that writing is writing and once you can write well, you can then work on your creativity aspect. In my case, most everything I write is non-fiction:

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So, if I am going to write historical fiction, well I am going to need a coach and start talking to an eminent achiever creative writing genius. Now you might want to know what advice I would give to you in writing historical fiction, I would say the best way to get the hang of the era is to read actual writing from the exact period in which you will be creating your scene and characters in.


Soon you will notice how flowery the personal letters were back in the day? It’s like everyone who was anyone back then could write well, today folks only do text messaging. It is really interesting to read the collection of letters, papers, documents that led us to the present day, amazing actually. Once you do a little studying on the particular era, then you can begin practicing and getting a feel for it. It’s not easy, but it may not be as difficult as you think.