Today was not a fun day for writing. I was trying to research a certain thing for my book and I learned a lot- I really did, but not on what I wanted. I’ve sifted through two centuries of history trying to find the tiniest detail – really, the tiniest detail.
It amazes me how much work can go into something that will probably take up one paragraph of your book at the most. But the inclusion of such minute detail is often essential. Merely a paragraph outlining some historical natural disaster or perhaps socially expected behavior for that time period can be the little bit of detail that leads to the beginning of an event that shapes your characters and your story. It is in my case anyway.
Sometimes, it is the small things that can make a big difference. Messing up dates or writing something that just would not occur in that point in history would be truly unforgivable. I can hardly have one of my characters snapchatting in the 16th century now can I? Nor can I have George Washington mentioned as being president if the book is set in the 19th century.
By doing my research not only am I enriching my book with a fleck or two of history, I am also making sure that I don’t make any stupid mistakes – now that would be embarrassing!
Usually I love a bit of research but I’m not feeling it today. Possibly because my eyes are swollen – who knew someone could be allergic to vitamin E face cream? I had to find that out by rubbing it all over my face and now my hazel eyes look more like hazelnuts. Anyway, I’m done researching for the night – its 3am here in England! So I’m gonna kick back with ma’ dawg!