A historical writer’s mindset.

To complement the last post, a short article by Julian Stockwin on forming an historic mindset and a pitfall to avoid.

http://writinghistoricalnovels.com/2013/08/16/forming-a-historical-mind-set-for-writing-a-historical-novel-by-julian-stockwin/

This is of course harder the farther back in history you go, but the principle remains valid. Trying to immerse yourself in a different time and place can be fun…and cold…and unpleasant…and smelly…and dangerous…and exciting…and, and, and… The list is endless, but the more you can try to experience what a person would have seen, heard, felt, thought, done in, for example, 16th century Scotland in my case, the more authentic the writing will be.

And a final comment on research, implied by both Reynolds and Stockwin, but not explicitly stated, a writer should know much, much more about their period than ever goes into their books.

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