Sunday, 19 September 2010

Interesting time ahead.

I was flicking through a very old newspaper yesterday when a very small article caught my eye and I immediately thought that it would make a fantastic base for a story. I think that it would be too long for a short story if that makes sense - so I'm thinking a book. The trouble is that it will involve a LOT of research and that is something that I haven't really done before.
It should be interesting if nothing else.
By the way, if anyone has any advice in this department I really would appreciate it. I will need to research life in a certain period so that I can develope the characters and the research a certain event.

7 comments:

Suzanne Jones said...

Oh, that sounds fascinating, Colette. Am afraid I have no advice about research - I tend to write contemporary stories to get around that problem (I know, I'm lazy).

Good luck with this.

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Colette McCormick said...

You and me both Suzanne. I've spent ages wondering should I look into this or should it be that. Writing about what you know is so much easier. I am however trying to come up with a plan of what I need to know then I can attack it bit by bit.

Caroline said...

I write historical's and I have to say I *have* to do a heck of a lot of research! When you write "H's", if you make a mistake - think of an Elizabethan lady eating a sandwich - then trust me when I say that *someone* will spot it. Didn't happen to me - but it did to another published author and she says she was bombarded with letters and emails of complaint for years! If I can help - then you know where I am! Caroline x

Karen said...

I love research, though I've not had to study another time period yet.

It's good to immerse youself in it for a while, soaking up all the details so that when you start writing you'll have a really good feel for your subject even though you won't need to use all of it - just enough to sound authentic.

Good luck :o)

Colette McCormick said...

Caroline - thanks for the advice.
Karen - I am looking forward to getting stuck into it.

Madeleine said...

Have you tried reaseraching for books on google? I've tried emailing people without success and interviewing people which was nerve wracking but useful. :O)

Colette McCormick said...

I'm afraid the research isn't going as well as I hoped Madeleine. I just can't get a feel for the era. Maybe I'll use the idea for a piece of shprt fiction or maybe an article.