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Writing Challenge – What if the British won the American Revolution?


What if the United States was still a British Colony?

What if the United States was still a British Colony?

The American Revolution was a pretty pivotal moment in the history of mankind so far. Not only did it see one of the world’s greatest powers losing a war – albeit because they were pretty tied up fighting across Europe as well – but it saw the formation of a country that has never been backward in coming forward.

Any number of events since then might never have happened or turned out a different way. Would there have been the Alamo, the Civil War, the war against Mexico, would there have been different outcomes as to how french-owned territories such as Louisiana came to be part of what we now know as the United States? What would the United States now be called, the Crown Territory of America? New Britain?

The writing challenge is this. Compose a short story covering anything you can think of, or use one of the examples above, how abour writing about a fugitive George Washington trying to evade the British Army as he makes his way towards Spanish-held Alta California in New Spain. Anything that takes your fancy, anything that gets you and your readers thinking. Anything that gets you being creative.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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