28 February 2013

Research vs Writing

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One of the main challenges in writing historical fiction is of course, the history. I love it, but by golly does it take some time to get it right.

I jumped back into my WIP last night (after a considerable absence) with excitement, ready to slice and dice that baby into shape. Looking forward to reading my words again. But I became hamstrung by some details I have to get sorted…. such as how to address the younger son of an earl, and what to call the different types of hired carriages. Then I spent the rest of my allotted writing time on this stuff (although I will admit I got distracted by some real-life business that also needed to be sorted) and I didn’t get any actual writing/revising done. Sigh.

(Also I’d like to whine about how frustrating it was to learn that the younger son won’t be addressed by the same name as his father. I wanted this man to share the name of the earldom and their estate, but it’s not to be. Double sigh.)

Being a detail-oriented person, now that I’m at a point where the story’s written, I can’t go on with revising until I fix this stuff. I’m sure my WIP will still have many glaring errors that I’ll be crucified for if it ever sees the light of day, but at some point I just need to be happy with fixing all the stuff I can see and then sending it out there.

Soon, I hope. Pity the research is only a small part of the revision process.

What sucks you in when you’re doing revisions?

Also, this is my 100th post! Yay.


  1. I have to tell you, make sure you get it right because in my reviews, I've found people will nit pick you to death. I stubbornly insist that you don't address a duchess as "Your Grace" unless SHE is in line for the throne, as opposed to just marrying a duke. (Debrett's Peerage in the fine print is where I found this.) However, some reviewers insist that this is wrong. And alas, I can't contradict them.

    I love your new last name. Best of luck with your revisions.

    1. Thanks for the advice Anne. At least your reviewers care enough about the book to make comment on it, right?

      *goes back to research, nervously biting fingernails*

  2. I hate research, I must admit. I find it so tedious fact-checking everything! I could never write historicals, that's for sure.

    1. I actually find it challenging making sure everything in a contemporary story is up to date! Thanks for stopping by Talli :-)