This will be my last post of 2012. I need to move away from the computer and make mince pies with cheesy Christmas tunes as the soundtrack.
Whilst researching The Painting over the past few months, I've learnt a great deal about the late eighteenth century, both here and in Italy. Now I can step into that world with more confidence.
I've found that researching daily life and past events wasn't enough. I also needed to look at vocabulary and the way of speaking. The task of writing prose for historical fiction could be compared to writing in a different language or dialect (previous post: Do you use dialect or other languages in your writing?). Peppering the text with words and phrases from that time will hopefully give the writing authenticity without making it difficult to read: eg. she was 'fatigued' or she was 'melancholy' and 'he was a worthy character'.
My writing plan for 2013 is:
1. Continue with my quest to get The Grandson published
2. Produce a decent draft of The Painting by August 2013 for the RNA New Writers' Scheme
3. Write and submit a short story to at least one competition
4. Submit flash fiction to competitions
5. Come up with the plot for Book 3
What is your writing plan for 2013?
Thank you to everyone who reads and comments on this blog. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!
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