Evangeline Holland

Sweeping Drama ⚜ Larger than Life History ⚜ Exquisite Romance ⚜ Diverse Perspectives
March 7th, 2013

On Being a Know-It-All

Child Reading Book of Phaitoon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Child Reading Book” courtesy of Phaitoon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Needless to say, I have established my platform as the go-to person for Edwardian history, with a bit of WWI history thrown in.

Needless to say, I can spout off facts and reel off dates and people and biographies like nobody’s business.

Needless to say, I forget just about everything I know when I write.

This becomes aggravating when I am trying to Fast Draft because despite the no-editing-no revision-just-write rule, I like to make my first drafts as close to my outline/synopsis/vision as possible. The thought of littering my MS with “XXXX” or generic descriptions makes me cry, and when I am forced to do so, I weep in agony.

The 1000 words I pounded out last night for a writing challenge took an hour and a half to write because I kept checking online for such simple things as the name of those metal helmets soldiers wore on the Western Front, what the weather was like in the Summer of 1916, and the freaking name of the slabs of wood placed on the bottom of the trenches.

So for all of you out there who worry that you’ll never be able to remember your research to write great historical detail, I’m the same boat!

January 5th, 2013

An Experiment

Mine is the Night takes place over the course of ten days, and it felt a bit daunting to be forced to slow my normal pace of writing. I like to speed ahead, pulling my characters through a rip-roaring, and somewhat sweeping plot. Most of this is to do with my anxiety over not having enough words for the story–and I usually end up going way over the projected word count–so this novel is a definite challenge! My well-thumbed copy of Judith Ivory’s The Indiscretion is going to be a road map as I suss out how to keep the pacing and emotion at a slow, but believable speed.