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You have to learn almost everything about a period and the social customs just to get your characters out of their beds, or off of their skins, and feed them breakfast. Sweat the Small Stuff.
The authenticity of historical fiction depends on your knowledge and use of historical detail. It is not enough to say a character walked down the street. The reader has to be able to see the street, see the conveyances; he has to smell the smoke from the factories or the sewage in the gutter.
This is a new world: These should be accurate and not recycled from old movies. Here are two suggestions apart from the usual methods of research. Find experts on the topics you need to learn about. Latch on to the friendly ones. She spent two hours on the phone with me describing vividly the Mormon settlement that my characters needed to visit.
Dozens of experts on a wide range of topics have generously helped me in similar ways. If your story takes place after catalogs were in use, get hold of reprints of old catalogs.
I have an Montgomery Ward Catalog that has descriptions of, and prices for, almost every personal item used by people of that time: It represents the lifestyle of that decade.
In order to write authentic historical fiction you must know a period of time well enough to disappear daily through a wormhole to the past and arrive at the location of your story. There you must understand the customs and use the manners perfectly enough to be accepted by people walking the streets if there are streets and to dress yourself, and make a living.
This said, the major trick of writing good historical fiction is not in compiling research or knowing the details, but in knowing the details to leave out. Try to avoid overwriting. Keep perspective on what will interest the reader. Historical fiction writers tend to be overly conscientious and excited by minutia: Think of your novel as a boat that is about to sink from having too much weight on board: Toss them over with impunity!
If a rare, surprising statistic, or a moving anecdote, or an obscure reference you saw to an interesting thing that happened in the county adjacent to the one where your story takes place, does not advance your plot or provide your reader with important information about your characters, then it is irrelevant to your story and must go overboard.
Keep in mind that the care, and time, it took to assemble all that you have just thrown out has not been wasted.
It was necessary to gather these facts and assess their worth in order to know which ones to save. Keep Your Conscience Clean. If your characters are based on real people and you are using the names, be reasonably responsible to the originals.
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Tips for Writing Your First Romance Novel. Psst, don’t forget to check out our guide on writing women here. Introduce the Love Interest. But the setting can also become a main character in your romance novel. You can do historical, you can do contemporary. You can do bucolic, you can do metropolitan. 7 Steps To Write Your First Novel. (1) Understand what you’re writing and why. Before you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, it’s worth stopping for a moment to think clearly about what you’re doing. Plot and Setting in Romance Writing. In the world of fiction, plot is everything. Though seeing the entire plot laid out as it is above can be helpful in getting started writing a romance novel, it's important to note that plotting is one of the most difficult parts of crafting a successful novel. By weaving in historical (or.
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