I have to admit something.
Doing research for a historical novella made me scared.
This will be the first story I’ve ever set in a real time period and place, and obviously, I want to get it right!
But the nervousness to get it right was hampering my ability to plan my next novella. I realised it last week when I was trying to write out my plan and I just got completely stuck. I was so worried about getting it wrong.
Then yesterday, when the sun was shining for the first time in what felt like years, I just wrote my plan. Just sat down and did it. This story is one I have been wanting to get out for a couple of years and just because it’s set somewhere historical shouldn’t make me freeze up.
I love writing and telling my stories too much for it to stop me.
Yes, there is a lot of research, and yes, I want it to feel real, but I am determined not to let that worry me from getting out this story which I am so passionate to tell!
So, I managed to finish about 90% of my plan yesterday and found some old books I had which were perfect to help me in my research. I was amazed at how much doing research helped with my plan. I found snippets of information which inspired whole new scenes in my story, and some bits of info that made some of my more difficult parts come together easily!
I realised I should never feel scared to write what I want to. If there is a story I want to tell and it’s set somewhere real or historical or even fantasy, as long I research and learn enough, why shouldn’t I tell it? 🙂 I did hit a bit of a brick wall from the fear of getting it ‘wrong’, but once I let that go in favour of wanting to tell my story more, things started to fall into place!
Now I realise I shouldn’t be scared of research but embrace it. Plus, I have been absolutely loving learning about the time period my next novella is set in. I love history in general, and immersing myself into this ancient world has been a fascinating and exciting process!
So, if you are ever worried about a story being set somewhere or in some time that you are unsure about, don’t be! The love of story-telling and writing is worth getting over that fear for, trust me. And you might just surprise yourself 😀
I am planning on writing a post about my research process at some point, maybe it might help someone. But that won’t be until later. Today I am off to edit my second novella, as I have received all my manuscripts back from the proof-readers! (I’m already behind in my plan for March!).
Have you ever been put off writing a story because of setting or because of something you were unsure of? Have you ever gotten over a fear because you love what you want to do more than being worried?
Status of Second Manuscript: Editing.
March E-Book review: Choosing book.