Write What You Know

I love writing historical romance; it’s what I know!  I love researching almost as much as writing.  My problem is knowing when to stop researching and get busy putting word to page.  Everything of a historical nature is so fascinating to me it’s hard to cut myself off. 🙂  When I’m reading someone else’s work and they use a word or object that isn’t true to the time, it pulls me out of the story quicker than someone yelling “free chocolate!”

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6 thoughts on “Write What You Know

  1. Us sci-fi, paranormal authors have a similar problem. We call it world-builders disease. I can spend days on end creating the rules of my “world” and brainstorming everything about it. It is easy to forget that there is supposed to be a story getting written! 😉

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    • OMGosh, I hear ya! I usually stumble upon something so interesting while researching that I have to start a whole new story so I can use it. It makes for very slow going when I should be finishing the one for which I originally started researching. I think this whole last year has been spent with my nose in history books for different 4 stories and didn’t actually make any headway in any of them.

      If you hear me say, “But I have to do more research,” just shoot me. 🙂

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    • HA! Seriously laughing at that! I’m so glad I was able to overlook the use of “decibels” in a medieval! It would’ve been so sad to chuck an otherwise perfectly good book. 🙂

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  2. I get it, Lis’Anne. It’s almost as bad as researching FBI procedure and DOJ protocols for a modern-day suspense. Trying to write something plausible and interesting without relying on the textbook aspect of the “official” government websites is tough, so that leads to weeding though a lot of political mudslinging. And whose side to believe?

    I usually just take a few “facts” and run with them. After all, if it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

    Now get your nose out of that book – you’ve got words to WRITE today! 🙂

    Ava

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    • Ava, how on earth do you keep your personal political leanings from entering your stories? I’m so hot-headed about my beliefs I’m sure they’d sneak in and then I’d lose at least half my readers! It’s the same with my spiritual beliefs. The good thing about that is I can speak through my historical characters because they have the same convictions and questions I would’ve had in that era.

      If it’s on the internet it must be true?! LOLOL!!!! Oh, sure. Snopes went down in flames as soon as word got out that the owners were so far left they had a head-on collision with a Mack truck! Alas, now we’ll never know the truth about those used drug needles in the McDonald’s playground ball pit. :-\

      Okay, okay…I’ll get back to work!

      Lis

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