Vexed and Blessed American essayist and novelist Wendell Berry once said of parenting that it was “a vexed privilege and a blessed trial.” I think that’s true of writing historical novels, too. I do feel privileged to be able to tell the stories set in another place and time. I love the research, the
Tips for Writing Historical Novels Begin with an unanswered question or something strange you want to thoroughly explore – a person, an incident, a time period that intrigues – a story that calls your name and won’t let you go. Don’t write unless you have to. Write one sentence each to answer these questions:
Groping Someone once asked physicist Albert Einstein how he worked. “I grope,” he answered. I like that answer because I feel like I grope, too. I write mostly about real people, dead people one might say, and “groping dead people” doesn’t seem like a good way to spend one's time but it's my way.