Charles Web Journal

My blog is intended to show how I construct and write a historical novel. It will be a journal of my daily writing activity, as I write a new historical novel.

Location: Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired school teacher with a B. Ed in English literature a B.A. in History. After a long career as a teacher of English and history, I now write historical novels based on Canadian history.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Another scene

Today I wrote scene three of this chapter. Daniel has become obsessed with Harriet and decides to find the location of her family’s homestead. Soon he arrives and his feelings for her increase but her parents are not very sympathetic to his desire to court their daughter although she does nothing to discourage Daniel’s attention.

This was an easy scene to write as the characters’ motivations were clear-cut. Sometimes a scene is difficult because the intent and motivation of the characters is not obvious. The greatest difficulty, I find, is to keep in mind the mores and culture of the period and the milieu of the characters.

Presentism can become a problem if a write is not careful when working on a historical novel based on a time long past. Even language—the idioms and colloquialisms of the period—must be adhered, in my opinion.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gracias por publicar esto, fue muy útil y le dijo a una gran cantidad

2:02 AM  

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