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!”

Ahhh…Research!

How do you get motivated?

For me, it’s digging into research. It’s been a long time since I wrote a pirate story and I’ve lost some of my familiarity with tallships.  Pirate Ship I’ve recently discovered I can’t write my story and leave blanks to fill in later–there’d be way too many blanks.  I also need to find some pirate romances to read to get me in the right frame of mind.  It’s difficult to switch from a Regency to the early 18th century, too.  Clothing, figures of speech, political atmosphere, etc. bring the story to life–I need to research those things, as well.  The next scene in my wip is almost ready.  Today’s research will see me through this week’s writing.

And if I haven’t said this before–I love researching almost as much as writing.  🙂

Lis’Anne

Resources for Historical Romance Writers

Nothing can take a reader out of a story quicker than an item used before its invention.  I can’t begin to tell you the number of times a match was struck in a time when it didn’t exist.  It’s not the job of an agent or editor to vet the historical accuracy of your story.  Many writers aren’t fond of research, but it’s an absolute must for a credible tale. Continue reading