I've created a resource page for my website and I hope it proves helpful, perhaps inspirational, for those who wish to delve into writing. In my little essay on writing, I give a formula for writing a 220 page book in six months, which is my goal. I know it can be done faster. Griff Hosker, whom I met at the Historical Novel Society conference in Scotland last year, seems to put out about a book a month. I may be exaggerating, but only by a few days.
If I had the sitting power of Sylvie, who can stay on task all day long at her desk, if necessary, I could be much more productive, and perhaps a bit crazy. I can write for twenty minutes then I have to find a tool of procrastination, usually making tea. I even put sugar and lemon juice in my tea at home, just to make the prep time longer. Just now I went out to collect golf balls on my homemade driving range. I did this in spite of this being the Year of the Gnat in Nebraska. A swarm of 473 gnats constantly buzzes about your ears while a cohort of 700 assault face and eyes. They don't bite, their goal is merely irritation: into the ear, up the nostril, down the windpipe, and finally, their objective into the eye and under the eyelid.
Needless to say, I collected far fewer golf balls than I had hit out past the pond, and into the pond. Which means I have to spend more time in my chair than planned.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy writing and creating stories, and I hope Saved by the Bullet will entertain. I did explain in my Tips for Writing Historical Fiction how I go about it, inventing a story, researching a time period, writing a timeline, and then composing the narrative. If you're interested in that sort of thing, do take a look.
I had hoped to be done with Hope Leslie this weekend so I could report on the book, but Hope, the heroine, is rather slow in leaving the pages. I did learn that her nemesis blew up with a ship when a despondent girl tossed her lamp in an open barrel of gunpowder. It would have shortened the story had little Rosa thought of this earlier.
In any case, sometime this week I'll have done with Hope Leslie and will provide a more extensive summary than given in the preceding paragraph and hopefully will be able to provide a list of vocabulary and idioms for my Resources page. The idea I have here is to note words and sayings that were in use in the early 19th century so authors can rehearse them before penning a novel set in the time period. In my mind, I would give the word peculiar to the time period, show how it was used in a sentence, then indicate the source, eg Hope Leslie by Catharine Sedgwick.
Sylvie claimed I was copying the Oxford Dictionary method, but I assured her I was not. I had this notion two months before I saw Gibson's movie on the subject, The Professor and the Madman. So I rather think, seeing that I had the idea first, that the OED owes me something.
PS If you wish to collect words and idioms from the early 19th century with their sources...feel free to send them my way and I'll add them to the collection.
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