Getting the Facts Straight (Not to Mention the Dates.)

I’m busy writing the third novel in my The Lost King series.  I have written the first few chapters.

At the same time I am busy sorting out the plot.  I am doing this by listing all the known events which took place in the years 1070 to 1076 when the novel is set.  I then put next to this what I imagine my hero Edgar Atheling would be doing in relation to these events.  Some, of course, are noted in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle and other sources.  Others I have to surmise from allusion.

The interesting and challenging part of this is trying to sort out dates to firmly tie the historical and fictional events together.  I have learnt this afternoon when the following events occurred: the Nones of June , Easter Day, Lent and the mass-day of Saint Grimbald.  (If you don’t know it, and I didn’t, Saint Grimbald was a big friend of King Alfred the Great.)  For the purposes of the novel and because I could not find out otherwise I have assumed that his mass-day was the same as his feast day.  (If anyone knows different please get in touch.)

I then like to look at conflict points and link these with the merged historical and fictional events. Finally, just to keep an eye on the overall flow, I see if the story accords in any way to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.  Interestingly, it does, although with several repetitions and loops which is fine by me.

Now I’d better get back to writing it.

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About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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2 Responses to Getting the Facts Straight (Not to Mention the Dates.)

  1. I can only imagine the difficulty of writing historical fiction…. 🙂 Good luck with it!

    • Martin Lake says:

      Luckily, I find it all fascinating, from the research through the writing and rewriting and the editing. Best of all when I get a good review and know that readers have enjoyed it.

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