Monday, July 8, 2019

Get your research on! #IWSG Anthology Contest

It’s a summer of writing. Research is enlightening, in more ways than just looking up past facts.

I’ve been working on my IWSG Anthology Contest submission. I love MG and came up with a fun story. but with historical, I needed to bone up on my history!

Historical fiction requires a ton of knowledge if you want to get your story done right. You have to know exactly where and when things happened, who was there, and how you can insert your fictional characters into the scenes of the past.

The research has been taking up a lot more time than I thought it would. Every time I figure something out, it raises another question. Thank goodness for BING! (I don’t google, I root for the underdog) But I don’t mind all the research because I’m learning so much!

My research has shown me the conviction and tragedies our forefathers endured for freedom. Today’s youth would ne’er dain to glimpse an understanding of it and how it has affected their soft lifestyles. We are so spoiled and whiny.

I love history teachers who enlighten students and not just dispense boring facts and dates—we need more of them. It would also help if we had more parents who didn’t generalize history as “boring”. It’s really frustrating when people don’t research their history before spouting off on twitter—some of the ignorance on there is astounding and contagious! But I’m not about to get political, that’s not why I’m here. I just want knowledge to be spread!


Writing fantasy doesn’t require much historical research, but it does involve creating a logical history for a backstory...Like Beast World! Please visit my lovely friends hosting me on my Windy Hollow blog tour this week!
7/8 - Christine Rains - Levels of Romance
7/10 - Heather M. Gardner - Binge Watching TV

I have a lot of travel this month, so I can't tell you how much I appreciate you guys being in my corner!

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Do you do historical? Do you love to research?
Happy Writing!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're going to submit to the contest.
There are some wild things that happened in history. Some that people would read in a book and say no way could that have happened.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Readers will know if you DON'T do your research.

Juneta key said...

I am thinking of doing a story for the anthology, but I have never written in a historical era, so will definitely have to do research.

Heather R. Holden said...

Ooh, best of luck with the anthology contest! Sounds fun!

And know what you mean about how time-consuming research is. I'm constantly delving into folklore and historical bits for my own work, which can eat up hours of my day sometimes. Glad you've been enjoying your own research lately!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I enjoy the research, maybe a bot too much. So many things to learn!!

Rhonda Albom said...

I don't think readers really think about how much work goes into writing. That is until you make a historical inaccuracy. Then they notice.

Patricia JL said...

History is so interesting to read about. I do wish more people wouldn't knock it as boring.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love reading historical fiction—when the author has done the research. My mother once gave me a book, saying, "You have to read this book. It's terrible." And it was. It took place in the 1800s and it was obvious that the author had done NO research whatsoever. It was the most unintentionally hilarious story ever.

Research is a definite time suck, but a necessary evil when one wants to write a good historical story.

Happy researching and writing. And safe travels!

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