Friday, November 2, 2007

New attitude

Resolved: to ignore pesky historical problems and write the story.

This does not mean I plan on ignoring history, or even those problems I've just resolved to ignore. It means I'm not going to waste time finding the answers when I can easily gloss over them. The sticking points aren't that important, and adding in another character isn't that hard and won't change the story significantly.

I'll go with what I know inheritance laws were for most of the world at that time, and be done with it. If I need something specific, I plan on looking it up afterwards. This might not work, those things have a habit of coming back at you, but c'est la vie. If I don't stress now, some of this story might actually be written.

2 comments:

Nicole McCaffrey said...

I think that's the best plan. I had that trouble with one of my westerns, I never was able to verify some of the facts that had spurred the idea but you know, once I got going, the story worked anyway. I think as historical writers we tend to beat ourselves up over research too much.

Once you begin writing the story, you'll have a better idea how much and how detailed you need to get.

Good luck!

Isabel Roman said...

I think as historical writers we tend to beat ourselves up over research too much.

Thanks, Nic. Yeah, you're right about the story. It'll work, those details are insignificant and can easily be worked around. It's jsut frustrating not to be able to verify this stuff.

As long as the story works, and there aren't too many big problems, right? :)

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