I considered my perspective and my tiny contributions in four (and, hopefully, soon to be five) novels. I hope within them I have offered “creativity” – travel, learning, history, friendship, love, and even some lessons – that entertains, but also gets readers involved and thinking. But no single book can be everything and it is asking too much of any writer to produce that.
Hello from upstate New York!
I recall being assigned it in graduate school (too long ago now) in a course on Russian government/history. (There’s a real shocker, eh?)
A few things on my mind that I just wanted to mention here this morning…
It was a pleasant week in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains, just outside of Windham. We did some necessary work inside of the house. We are returning to England on Saturday, so we are now with my father, visiting him at his house in northeast Pennsylvania.
I figured it was a good time for another blog post.
“Remember, Remember the 5th of November” now means – thankfully – nothing in the United States.
Writing is an often isolating endeavor, so opening a day, I have learned over the years, with a post on some issue that grabbed my attention, helps me clear my head and get going.
I feel it’s invaluable and even necessary as writers to “use” what we know. You may think what you experience is “uninteresting,” but to others out there unfamiliar with, for example, places about which you write, it may prove an eye-opener.
I find that early period in our history to be truly remarkable. I think it also makes for some pretty good romance/historical novel material, too…
This is what may happen as you research to write: I had not examined it before and was looking through the book seeking some more background that might be of use for my own new manuscript. I got drawn in…
I think about this issue now as a writer, and I suspect I’m not alone. If you too write ORIGINAL fiction, you probably also take your copyrighted characters seriously and are protective of them.
As readers, true, we all want to get to “the good parts.” Yet all parts should be, in their ways, “good parts.”
If you think I’m going to be revealing any of the real-life people I know who may be the basis for, or whom I drew upon for, the fictional characters? I won’t be doing that anytime soon. (Do I appear to be completely insane?)
Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of “anti-Britishness” among Americans, and especially among US officials…
Am I just ridiculously sentimental? That’s probably why I’ve become a writer. I suppose we all are sentimental in some form or another.