Getting Schooled about the Civil War


  1. I wish I could travel to the locations I write about. I'm sure it would be easier to write vividly about them if I could do that.

    In my current WiP, I've based the heroes in the city of Lincoln, because it's just up the road and I've been there many times over the years. But I'd love to have been able to do a field trip to Sweden for some of the other scenes.

    I agree, it's very frustrating when you've got your momentum going nicely and then have to rein it in again. Hope you soon get your research sorted to your own satisfaction, and can crack on again. :)

    1. Well, this is the first time I've ever written a book where I could visit the places if I wanted to… but with the flooding that's been happening in the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers… I don't think that will be happening any time soon.

      However, when I began writing Haunting Miss Trentwood, I made a lot of use out of Google Earth to get a feel for the lay of the land. It was great! I was able to pinpoint the exact little village I was writing about, and take pseudo walking tours of the area since Mary is such a walker. You should try it! It's a free download.

  2. I'm having the same thing happen. I sent a summary of my story to Kait and Susan and their feedback put a whole new spin on how I should be constructing it. Since then, I've been reading my copy of Story Engineering (My homework per Kait) and can already see how it will help in the long run. That's what gets me through it, the light at the end of the tunnel.

    1. Totally. I'm realizing that each time I go back to the WIP, I get stuck because I just want to know more about the area and era I'm writing about. Such is the life of a historical fiction writer! It's worth the wait, though, and I know my readers will appreciate it. I'm continuing to write, but just on a different book while doing research for The Rebel's Hero.

      The really nice thing is one of my friends was a history major specializing in the Civil War. It's like I have my own expert!

      I haven't heard of the Story Engineering book… I used the Marshall Plan the last time I had a plotting problem. Is it good? I may have to check it out.

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