Do you write Historical Fiction? Writing historically accurate fiction starts with RESEARCH.
Well, duh! I know that.
Most writers will take for granted a great many aspects that can lend more credence to their works, as well as a better experience of the story they want to put forward to readers. Additionally, if you want to be considered historically accurate, you must behave as a historian–do your due diligence. Can it always be done? Some things might slip past you. No human is perfect. Try your best. This series is going to help by presenting articles of interest from around the internet and get you started on the research necessary to complete an amazing manuscript.
I bet you didn’t expect to have to think about the fabric types that your characters are wearing, but if you are going to describe them in any fashion at some point in your work, you’ll need to know what they are first. It is not enough to say leather. The leather of today is different than the leather of yesterday. What kind of skin was it? What colors were used and common in the year you’re writing about? Was it stiff or supple? Who, by class, enjoyed what kind? And so on should the questions go. Read more here:
I don’t know about you, but I often read descriptions of medieval clothing and want to know more about the fabric: what did it look like and what was its texture?
A Five-Minute Guide to Medieval Fabrics
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