Wednesday, August 5, 2015
IWSG: Historical Fiction Week
It's time for August's IWSG post. The Insecure Writer's Support Group is an online group meant to foster connections between writers. We post our writerly insecurities every first Wednesday of the month. Go here to check out the group!
I saw on Twitter on Monday that it's #HistoricalFictionWeek on Goodreads. You may have guessed if you've been here before/ have taken a cursory gander around that historical fiction is my genre. That is, most of what I read falls into historical fiction (straight historical, historical fantasy, historical romance) and I tend to write mostly in that realm as well.
And yet I don't know a lot of historical fiction writers. Most of my writing friends are fantasy, YA, supernatural writers. There are unique struggles in writing any genre, I think, and the ones I come up against in writing historical are:
Is there enough research for me to delve into?
And how much of this research am I willing to stick into the story?
(Also: will this research put me to sleep by its academic style?)
And here's the insecurity:
Am I getting this right? Is that accurate enough? But I don't know how they would have done this/that/the other in that time period!
I think it was Diana Gabaldon who said that stealing things from the historical record was a good way to disguise any lapses of imagination.
So. What was the last historical novel you read? Have you ever tried writing one? And where would you like to visit in the past, if you had a time machine?