As Emilie said last week, we at the Damsels are taking a few weeks to write about our current works in progress. And they’re not historical! Here’s how mine began:
As some of you know, I went on a family trip last summer. It began with a couple of days in Venice (see photos here) and then a cruise on the Adriatic Sea with stops along the coast of Croatia. It was a great time over all. But perhaps the best thing about it, and most writers will agree with me here, was the story idea that developed immediately after.
You see, the places we went and the adventures we had were all fresh in my mind. I wondered what it might be like for a young teenage girl to be forced to go on a trip like this with her grandparents. And just like that, I had a character talking to me, telling me exactly what she thought about such a trip—because she was on it.
This, needless to say, has been a lot of fun. One of the hard parts of writing historical fiction is, of course, the research. The need to get the historical context right. This disappears when writing contemporary fiction.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t any research to be done. For example, the places and events that were so fresh in my mind in July have now become a bit stale. During the fall, I worked mostly on revising my historical fantasy. Then the holidays came along and I worked on—nothing. So now I will have to look up city names and study photos to get myself back on that small cruise ship.
But I’m looking forward to it. Because my young protagonist has a lot of adventures ahead of her. And, you see, there’s this hot guy . . .