Writing Historicals

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The dh and I had dinner with Mary Beth and her dh last night on the Riverwalk. It was gorgeous and great fun and of course both of us forgot our cameras. Seriously, we never do the couple dinner thing, and it was a lot of fun!

Baby Brother came over last night to bring me a CD of the pictures, only it didn't work, so he's going to try again. INTERESTINGLY, though, he's talking about writing a historical novel about one of our ancestors, who he's been researching. The interesting part is that I'm toying with two historical ideas. I've NEVER written a historical..the research overwhelmed me before, but I'm having to do quite a lot of research anyway, so....

The first idea I've had since last year, when I was doing a TAKS passage with my kids. The story was about a "school" train that would travel from town to town, making a circuit, staying in a town a few weeks before moving on to the next town. The children would go to school in the train, and the teacher would leave them with homework before moving on. My idea was, of course, of a female teacher, perhaps traveling with her brother, teaching the students and falling for a widower. I think it would be short, maybe for TWRP.

The second idea is more nebulous at this point. I'm listening to Rhett Butler's People and Rhett was a blockade runner and that just sounds so romantic to me. My cp, Linda, says Civil War romances are hard to sell because of the slavery thing, but like I said, the idea is nebulous still. It would have to be WAY down the queue.

Have you written a historical? How did you like it? Was the research difficult?

Oh, and the queue?

Nano Book
Vamp Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Spy Girl
Hostage Negotiator story
Politician story
Antarctica story
Second Chances revision
High concept story (I need some experience under my belt for this one, I think.)



Marianne Arkins said...

I've written recent historicals (1945 and 1953) and even those are tough. But fun. I'm planning another set in 1933... we'll see. I love that era.

Anonymous said...

I usually write paranormals but I have just started a historical (which I'm very excited about). So far the research is fun and the premise challenging. I'm looking forward to getting to the serious writing next week during Nano.

Thanks for stopping by the Romance Roundtable with your Nano experiences!

MJFredrick said...

I love that era, too, Marianne. I love WW2 movies.

Lara, thanks for stopping by. Are you still having fun with your historical? I am, but I don't know if I'll write more, unless I get another compelling idea.


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