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Investigating a historic novel
Historic clichés can be a fictional one. When you haven't done your schoolwork, it won't really touch you, but on the other side, nobody wants to start reading a novel that felt like a story time. Hannah Kohler, writer of The Outside Lands, which leads us from California to Vietnam in the 1960', gives some advices to anyone who writes or hopes to create their own anecdotes: The Outside Lands:
The Outside Lands, my first novel, was written in the 1960s in California and Vietnam. In writing it, I didn't think it was a historic destiny - time didn't seem far enough away - although fifty years old books are usually considered historic. Catspaw, my second novel, is indisputably a historic fiction: it takes place in the Californian gold rush of 1849.
I am typing it in the British Bank, encircled by the library's huge and exceptional collection of works from the United States. In this lofty edifice are memories that will trigger storylines, journals that will be inspiring characters' moods, photos that will help me understand 19th and 20th centuries America. Type what you like. They will spend much of this special historic season, with their odd customs, their way of talking and getting dressed, their appetite and their scapegoats.
This will ensure that you are agitated at the outlook of life in your selected bout for a few years. You will feel your love in the power of your letter. Researchers are solving the problem by first recording the answers and then researching to test their hypotheses. And the same thing is of inestimable value in historic myth.
Do your research while you type. When it comes to the research you involve in your text, be merciless. This is a time when most people have seen enough films to have a series of fundamental optical hypotheses about what different historic epochs were like. That means you can be economical in the construction of the historic backdrop of your novel.
Add only historic detail to help your narration progress. Like everything else you've learnt, just sit in your mind and give you the self-confidence to make your own history. No matter what historic detail you involve when you're looking for realistic, it's always good to do it right. That' s especially important when you talk about a time remembered first-hand: if you confuse your snapkers with your marathon bar, the reader will have it.
If you' re talking about a distant past, the attention to detail - hair spray stamps, paper titles - will help make the environment feel real. You' re a work of art, not an exhausting historic portrayal. Don't forget that you're trading fictions, not facts. It is your task to type; and research can become another way to slow down typing.