Eight Tips for Doing Historical Research
by Annette Lyon
I’ve always been a fan of history: discovering people and events from the past, learning about different perspectives and cultures, and so much more. Years before my first novel was published, I really wanted to write historical fiction, but I didn’t dare, so I stuck to contemporary stories.
The very idea of research terrified me. But then I attended a writing workshop where a talented historical novelist spoke. She glowed with excitement over her research, and that excitement was contagious. By the time I headed home, I’d convinced myself to try my hand at historical fiction, and I already knew what part of history I’d tackle first.
Since then, I’ve published many historical novels and novellas, and I’m working on a very different historical novel set in an era and place I’ve never written about. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about how to do research without wanting to take a sledgehammer to my computer before giving up.
Here are eight tips to get you started. [Read more...]