Something is better than nothing. And some things need to come first. I'm also confident about that.
Writing historical fiction is definitely my thing, but it is incredibly difficult. I never would have believed the amount of detail that would go into it. But I love my story and my ancestors who inspired the story enough that I am going to give it what it needs to make it awesome. One slow chapter at a time.
While I'm waiting for my schedule (and my mind) to clear up so I can get back to writing, I am working on research and am trying to do it as efficiently as possible.
One of my college professors told me about the oral history collection at the University of Kentucky Library. The library will send you mp3 files just for asking. This is working great for me since I can slam them onto my iPod and do research while I'm taking care of the rest of my life.
The cool thing I've found about the ones I've listened to so far is the everyday life details that come to the surface like the thing where they called a piece of linoleum a rug (my grandma did that too but I had forgotten) and the way their tone changes when they talk about people that died. These recordings are priceless. I'm looking forward to listening to more this week.
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This post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group formed by Alex J. Cavanaugh.