I’m getting through some big, tough scenes as I near the end of this first draft. Galloping toward the finish is gripping in the same way as when reading a novel. This draft will no doubt be a mess when I read it through—it will need major surgery—but overall, I’m pleased. I think I will have something to work with.
In my off-time, I check Twitter, the blogs I follow, Facebook. I just read a fascinating on-line conversation Karen Essex posted to Facebook, a conversation between Karen (author of, among other novels, Stealing Athena) and Andrew Davidson (author of The Gargoyle). There’s a lot in this conversation about the writing process, and, most interestingly, about experiences of talking with (dead) historical characters: read—or listen—to it here.
I especially liked this quote from Essex:
So the challenge in writing historically based fiction is to take what really happened and without sacrificing history, and without just making things up, or ill-using history or historical characters, you have to figure out how to tell a story with a narrative out of a life that didn’t really unfold as one.
No truer words … .