What do you think?

Recently I was at a meeting of diverse authors (members of this group write everything from poetry to hard science-fiction to romance, middle-grade to adult). It became clear to me that we all approached the process of writing differently. One is a complete discovery writer, while another uses a spread sheet to keep track of details, and others are scattered in between.

I’m one of the “in-betweeners.”

I like to know where I’m going when I’m on a road trip. I want to know which series of exits I’m supposed to take to get where I want to go. But when I’m writing I’m less focused. I like having a general idea of where I’m going when I start, and the map gets more specific as I progress. I can’t do much research before I start because I don’t know what I need to know until I get to each fork in the road.

Sometimes I realize I’ve taken a wrong turn.

I’m almost half-way (I think) into The Christmas Village and I recently decided that I wanted to change the location of the past that my heroine goes back to from 1845 New England to northern England or Scotland.

Is that a good idea?

I don’t know for sure. One of my beta-readers said the change makes her happy.

Now I’m wondering about the time period. I enjoy reading a lot of Regency era romance, but the Victorian era has a lot to recommend it as the “destination” for a time-traveling heroine. What do you think? Do you like the Early Victorian era or the Regency period better? Which pond should I throw my “fish-out-of-water” into? 

Please let me know what you think in the comments.


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2 responses to “What do you think?

  1. Lorraine Epand

    Early Victorian sounds better. More flexibility and more inventions. Regency gives readers certain expectations and class standards.

    • Thanks for your input! I’m rather fond of the Victorian era, too. It’s like our own time, with a lot of technological disruption of the status quo and that leads to changes in what people expect of themselves and each other.

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