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.
We’ve all been there. Writing along at a pace that can’t be stalled, the words flow from our proverbial pens onto the page with the ease of water filling a glass. The euphoria is energizing and before we know it, we’ve written umpteen pages. They sound good. Really good! That sweet moment quickly descends into self doubt. The euphoria fades into stress. The moment is lost. Then we get some feedback and it confirms our fears. We’ve made some awful mistakes. Mistakes glare back at us from the page, making us feel like we should just quit before we completely embarrass ourselves.
You’re not alone. Most writers experience this crushing self doubt. This series is here to help other writer learn what I have learned to avoid the worry and stress.
How can we as writers avoid mistakes, let alone doubts? I’m not certain of the answer in all cases, but I do have a tip that will work for Historical Fiction Writers. In a way, it can inform the process of authors in other genres, too. Make less mistakes by being proactive. Be honest with yourself, and make a list of all the things that you consistently mess up. Each time you pen a new work, when you are ready to go over it, you’ll know what to look for and you can fix the mistakes before someone sees.
What if I don’t know what my mistakes are? Research, as I have stated many times before, can take various forms. These forms are often unexpected. We take many things for granted as we weave our words on the page. One of those things is etymology and it can help you to avoid embarrassing faux pas in the future. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as follows:
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