When I started writing – lo, those many years ago – I always heard, “write what you know.” I think that’s good advice for a beginner sticking their toe into the writing world. Learning to write for publication is difficult. It’s work. It’s not the way you were taught to write in high school English class. Not even close. So it makes sense to start writing about things you know, things you don’t need to research.
Once you’re comfortable in the craft, it’s a lot of fun to write what you love. tweet this
I spun my first yarn – the fiber kind – at the age of 16 on an antique great wheel similar to the one in the photo, which I now own. That combined my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I was hooked. I purchased a new spinning wheel and started a multi-decade journey of fibers and spinning that included raising both French Angora rabbits and Border Leicester sheep.
My current WIP (work in progress) is a Colonial historical romance involving a woman who spins and weaves beautiful cloth, and a handsome journeyman fuller who finishes her cloth at the fulling mill. I’m once again combining my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I’m also spending many hours researching the historical facts. How many people today have ever heard of a fulling mill? How will I make it understandable without dragging down the story? The goal is to bring a bit of history to readers via the romantic journey of the characters, not to overload the reader with historical facts. Still, the history must be correct, or the story falls apart for those who know history.
Writing what you know is the easiest way to begin, but writing what you love is. . .fun!
Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour