My book review of Melinda Curtis’s new title for writers, Frankly My Dear: Creating Unforgettable Characters. This “craft” book on the art of fiction is a unique approach (as far as I’m aware), steeped in current psychology, to instruct, inform, and enable novelists to create believable, unforgettable, and consistent characters whose reactions to conflict ring true to readers. 5 stars!
One of my favorite sources of inspiration is antique photographs. Who were these people? The possibilities seem endless. The images are unlabelled without so much as a year or a photographic studio imprint. That’s where imagination must take over.
Different authors have different methods of naming their characters. I share mine–because I can’t select just any name (historically accurate or not) for my characters.
READERS ASK: how much research does it take to produce an historical romance?
MY ANSWER: it depends on many aspects.
It depends on how much the author already knows about the setting, the era, the political climate, well-known (at least to those versed in history) events that coincide with the book’s time line.
Yesterday’s post, My Writing Process, Part 1 included: Branding, Software (Scrivener), Ideas are Everywhere, and 7-Point Story Structure. Please consider visiting that post, as today’s picks up where yesterday’s left off. This article includes: Rough Draft, Second Draft, Beta Readers, Apply Suggestions, Format & Publish, Independent Publishing.