August 19, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Not Yet

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on Twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Hey Misfiteers!

Last week at WriteOnCon--if you haven't been there, you've been missing out!--I got talking to several con attendees about writing historical fiction. Or rather, they were talking about it and I jumped in, bemoaning how I wanted to write historical fiction one day, but how my inner historian shut me up every time I considered it. I know, I know, woe is ms. But I've studied history for years. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in medieval history, specifically. You'd think I'd feel remotely qualified to have an opinion about history.

Ha. No. Two completely different ballparks. But that got me thinking. I don't normally shy away from stories or concepts that scare me. In fact, I love to push myself and try new things. If it doesn't scare me, I'm far less comfortable working on it, because what's up with that?!

Except whenever I so much as contemplate historical fiction, my brain goes blank. And my inner historian tells me I can't do it justice. That's not fear. It's not feeling good enough.

Not yet.*

And it made me wonder: do you have stories ike that? Stories or concepts or genres you want to tackle but not yet? What's stopping you? Should we start a Not-Yet Club? Join the conversation at #MisfitPepRally

*One day I will find the right story to shut up my inner historian.


Stephsco said...
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Stephsco said...

I wrote a historical set in the mid-20th century, and would love to write a WWII era YA book. But I want the plot and conflict to derive from a real-life issue and I need to do some research to find a unique angle for teens in the war; it takes time and I keep thinking I'll know it when I see it. I also contemplated setting it where the war hit directly in the US--Pearl Harbor, but I know zilch about Hawaii let alone historic Hawaii. The research is great fun but daunting.

Kaye M. said...

I love historical ideas, but I do sometimes feel a little terrified about the research involved, and worry if I'm doing the real people and era justice. My current WiP is set in Asia; specifically, one of the areas my bloodline doesn't come from, so I am constantly second-guessing myself about the history, even though it is a period I love and freak out about.

Also, someday, I'd love to write a story based off my father's experiences, since he lived through a civil war - but I'm totally scared he won't be happy about the way I portray him as a character. :P

Carrie-Anne said...

I live and breathe historical, though I'm a bit nervous about eventually going back to the 18th and 19th centuries after spending the last 20 years exclusively doing 20th century historical. Some long-shelved characters were begging to be resurrected so many years later, and I felt that if I remembered them so long, and created them when I was all of 5 or 6 years old, there must be something to them.

I'd also love to write some Japanese historicals someday, including Heian Japan. Though I love Japanese history, culture, and language, this would be an entirely new era and geographical area for me to write. My soft sci-fi/futuristic books have also all been on hiatus for a long time now, and I really should get back to them. Hopefully I'll get right back into the swing of things with stories set in the future!

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