Wednesday, September 7, 2022

IWSG Blog Hop: The One Genre I Would Never Write #IWSGbloghop #writing


Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the IWSG Blog Hop!!

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
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Thank you to our awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG--Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

September 7 Question  
What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

I love reading historical fiction, but I have not tried writing it--other than my memoir. Sad to say it's historical because it takes place in 1975-76, but not fiction!

I admire those who spend hours or years researching the eras they write about. I have the fear of writing about a time, but using words that don't belong to the times e.g. "cool" meaning something is "in" or a person is "calm." You would never hear cool used in a conversation in 1850! Nothing turns off a historical fiction lover like finding an error in the author's information of the time.

Do you like reading historical fiction? Why? Please leave your comment below.

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Pat Garcia said...

I love reading Historical Fiction but I don't think that I would write it. Maybe, I will change my mind in the future, but I don't think so.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're not the only one to say historical fiction would be challenging. Those readers know their stuff.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

My latest novel takes place from 1956 to 1998 or thereabouts, haha, I can't remember. But you're right. The language was different even back then. I guess anything is possible if you're passionate enough to do the work. I seem to be getting lazier in my old age. Happy IWSG day, Janet.

J.Q. Rose said...

@ Pat--I know you could write historical fiction. You're a great writer!
@Alex--I guess I'm just not driven enough to put in the hours of research. Thanks for stopping by.
@Joylene--Congrats on working on a historical novel. It seems every generation wants to invent their own language. Now kids say, I'm down with it which means, in my language, I'm up for it!!

Computer Tutor said...

I think historical fiction is intimidating to many--trying to get the facts right. In my case, the time I write about is before anyone recorded it so I have some wiggle room!

Beth Camp said...

OK, I'll be one of the few. I love writing historical fiction, ever since I took a class on the Industrial Revolution a few decades back. This led me to write what I call gritty historical fiction to explore the lives of people like me who were affected by massive economic and political changes. Scotland, 1840s. After writing 4 books (one just released), I was ready to try a new genre -- art crime mysteries, still with a historical underpinning. My second book in this series is set in Egypt. Once I began truly researching, I am so intimidated. How can I do justice to the cultural, political, social complexities without sacrificing my story about a married couple trying to solve a major art crime? Ooofta! as my Swedish ancestors would say. But the challenge draws me in as well as the love for ancient cultures. So, I hope you do write about settings you love (past or present), and leave word-level vocab to revision! Have a great month ahead and, maybe, new writing projects.

Jemi Fraser said...

I would be a terrible historical fiction author! I'll leave that to those who love the research bits!!

J.Q. Rose said...

@Jacqui--LOL--Yes, you do have some wiggle room! I was thrilled about your pre-historic genre. You must be a trailblazer. Thanks for stopping by.
@Beth--I admire your choice of writing historical fiction. You certainly have a challenge fitting the fictional story smoothly into true historical events. Best wishes.

cleemckenzie said...

I too love historical fiction, but I've never tried my hand at it. It would be a challenge.

Olga Godim said...

Frankly, I don't much like reading historical fiction. Mainly because I always know what happened in the world in whatever times the author writes about. And sadly, it is never good. Human history is chock-full of wars and disasters of one kind or another. So I always know that the heroes of a book (wherever and whenever it is set) would be plunged into those troubles, if not in the exact time described in the book then a few years later. It bothers me.
Of course, I don't write historical either.

Miffie Seideman said...

LOL. I cringe when I hear kids these days say they were born in the 2000's. Anything before that year is 'classic' music and ancient history. So the 70's would clearly be historical fiction for them. I agree that using the wrong colloquialisms for an era can pull readers out of your story fast and leave a bad taste. Can;t tell you how many times we've been in movies where my 'kids' (no in their 20's) will point at the screen and say "that wasn't said back then!" Definitely a research heavy genre. But I like to read it, done well. So I give you lots of credit for going after historical fiction. I think it is underdone these days and can be a great genre to get into. Best of luck with your project!

Damyanti Biswas said...

I don't mind reading historical fiction, but it wouldn't be my first pick. But then again, I've read some books that have surprised me and so I'm open to the genre.

J.Q. Rose said...

@Lee--Taking on writing historical fiction is a challenge. Good word to describe it!Thanks.
@Olga--After we have lived through all the trials and tribulations of worldwide COVID, I can understand your reasoning in not reading or writing historical fiction. I stay away from reading sad stories also.
@Miffie--Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment.
@Damyanti--You might like a historical story if you choose an era that you like and are interested in learning about it.

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