Being an author of historical romance, much of my time is spent researching. Since deciding to write with a goal of publication, I’ve spent over half of my time researching.
Before I came up with my story premise, before I introduced my characters to each other, before I created plot twists that surprised even myself, I researched. I researched daily life, mourning customs, when gas lighting was used in homes and along the street. I researched dancing, social customs, language, clothing styles, medical practices. Even how houses were cleaned and what products they used. I even made some of my own! I studied anything and everything that I may possibly need in the course of a story.
Fun Fact: I spent almost two years researching before I ever put pen to paper. Er, fingers to keyboard, if you will.
When I was in school, I always loved history to me it was interesting to see the way people lived in the past. There was even a time I thought I’d go through school to become a history teacher. But though I loved learning, schooling wasn’t really for me. I always found myself studying something truly obscure (like the history of atomic testing and its effects), rather than what I was supposed to (like WWII).
Researching for a fun endeavour like writing a novel is much different than studying for, say, exams. Now I get to learn all the fun tidbits we never got to in school. It’s always so interesting, and one thing usually leads to another, and another, an another until I am firmly down the rabbit hole of research. I love it!
Fun Fact: I have learned more about history in the two years leading up to writing my novel than I ever did in 14 years of school. And had more fun doing it, too!
Sometimes I come across interesting things that don’t necessarily make it into a book or short story. Sometimes it’s just fun random information that is just too interesting not to share. So here we are.
Browse about, learn something new. And if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask, even if it’s not about Georgian England. I’ll always answer. 🙂