This month, as I did last year, I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge. The first post is A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays. Last year, my theme was Scotland. This year, my theme is The Writing Life. Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year. For instance:
M is for Making It Up. We writers do a lot of that. Some more, some less, depending on the genre we write in, and how historically or factually accurate we want a story to be. Mystery, crime fiction, police procedural and courtroom drama writers spend hours on research because some readers love to catch an author in a mistake. It’s part of the fun of reading those books. I imagine the same is true for Regency historicals that are filled with period details of costume, customs and furnishings.
Scottish historical writers have more freedom to incorporate fantasy elements, and to forego real locations in favor of places and events they create. Irish historical romances go even further, as most of them incorporate some form of the Fae of Irish myth and legend.
No matter what you write, you depend on your imagination. But as Tom Clancy famously said, unlike real life, fiction has to make sense. Your story has to have some logic to it, even if it’s only its own internal logic. Worldbuilding is a science as well as an art. What’s the geography? Who are the people? What are their customs? Religion? Politics? You may not incorporate all of those elements in your story, but you’ll think about them as you make up the details of your world, if you want the story to make sense to you and your readers.
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