NaNoWriMo Day 3

I love historical fiction when it is well written and historically accurate. To my mind it must be historically accurate, otherwise shouldn’t you have to call it “fictional history”?

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Photo credit: bjornmeansbear via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

Writing historical fiction, I am finding is a slow process. Especially in these early stages. Everything has to be accurate. Even though I had done a lot of research before I started, I am realizing that I don’t know it cold. (Somehow I am getting the feeling that my characters know the history better than I do.) As a result, I am having to fact check and validate.

The thought had occurred to me to skip the fact checking until the edit process. But I quickly threw that out the window when I realized that one fact meant that I had to adjust the age of my main character. That would have resulted in chaos in the edit phase.

So it doesn’t look like I will be posting any huge word counts… yet.

Word Count for November 3, is:

1,800 words. Three-day total 4,800.

Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 3

  1. Hi Johawk. As a writer of historical fiction, I can only say that I completely agree with your opening sentences on this post. Historical fiction MUST be historically accurate – and that can only be achieved by thorough and extensive research, as you say yourself. I’m writing the third book of my Viking trilogy now and my research has taken me to many places both at home in Britain and abroad.
    You definitely seem to be doing things right and constant checking is endless – at least, in my experience. I hope NaNo works out well for you and your characters play along nicely for you. 🙂


    • Thank you for the encouragement! I love history but there are days I get sucked into the rabbit hole of research. The best result is when it ends up being rich fodder for the fingertips. I plan to check out your books.


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