Why did I pick such a twisted subject, or time period, to write about? Every time I access something on the web I find that there’s more behind the machinations of the people during this particular time period than is humanly possible.
I could be researching this subject for years and still not find everything there is to know about it.
Now that I’ve got your attention, I wanted you to know that if you’re writing a story that has a real person in it, and you’re as true to history as you can get, it is the hardest thing you will ever do. You have to research everyone involved to make sure that you have the person in the right place at the right time, or you will have to scrap the scene (which really isn’t fun at all).
What I mean is that writing anything that’s historical in nature and trying to remain true is the hardest thing you will ever do. I only hope that in the end I will do justice to the men and women I’m writing about.
Okay, so I’m still doing the first revision (where I’ll fix all the obvious stuff that I missed the first time around). I’ve also started looking at where I could go shopping what I’ve done. I might look at the big five, but I’m not that sure about it. I’ve heard horror stories which makes me a bit leery with them.
Right now those big five book publishers are:
Hachette Book Group
Penguin Random House (used to be separate before they merged)
Simon and Schuster
Not to mention the genre publishing houses such as Tor (for science fiction) Holman Publishers (Christian literature along with Bibles), and Taylor (publishes school yearbooks).
Then there’s all the small publishers that are more open to taking a first book from a writer, which is what I’ve been thinking about. Self publishing is good, but I’m also of the mind to see if I can go it the traditional route. If it ends up being a small press, then why am I to complain?
Now I know word count shouldn’t be all that important, but in the end we do obsess over it. As of this moment I have a little over 35K words in my first original fiction story. I’ve dabbled in fanfic for years, but this is the first time I took the plunge. It’s amazing just how freeing creating your own universe is. Although at the same time I’m writing in a historical setting with real people and events. So it’s not so freeing as I once thought.
I’m writing about slavery and how at least one fictitious person is dealing with the realization that he owns slaves. People automatically think it takes place in the 1860s, but it doesn’t. It takes place over 50 years earlier and in England when the Evangelicals were pushing for reform and abolishing the slave trade. It took from October 1805 when the first vote failed spectacularly to 1833 when slavery was officially done away with in the British Empire and all because of one man.
So if you’re thinking you can’t make a difference, I beg to differ. William Wilberforce was one man who changed the course of the British Empire and freed millions upon millions of slaves.
Anywho back to my obsession on word count. The more I write the more I feel I will not reach the fabled 100K word mark. It’ll probably be somewhere between 50K and 75K. Not bad for a first time.
I haven’t been very good the last few days with my writing schedule. Maybe it’s because I’m finishing up my classes (homework is due by December 13th). *shrugs*.
Then again, starting a habit is always difficult.
The one good thing I have done is to do major revisions of what I’ve written so far. I still consider myself to be on my first draft. It’ll be like that until the manuscript is finished. Only then will I launch into the full revisions and such.
What I don’t like is the arrival of a nasty character. *shudders*. Mean, nasty and full of resentment. Now I gotta figure out how to work his storyline into everything. I probably just doubled the size of the manuscript. And then there’s research. 😉 Gotta do more research on issues and possible duels, yup a duel, and such. Who knows what’ll happen.