I spent a good portion of the day researching and writing notes about the Burma Railway (aka "Death Railway") during the Pacific War, especially the background stories of Bridge 277, better known as the Bridge On the River Kwai. Part of my story now shifts to that location and time period. Obviously, I'm not going to rewrite Bridge On the River Kwai by Pierre Boule, but the history there is so rich that I feel I can use the same setting for this portion of my story. It also lends to a plot development later in the book.
So, no, I'm not writing prose today, but I'm getting a lot of words done outlining the story and creating the notes.
Wars may be terrible and I'm quite a pacifist to begin with, but they sure make for a wealth of materials to write about. My problem is research: exactly how much information I need? Certainly I'm not writing a dissertation and I don't intend to attend to all the historical accuracies to write my story. I mean, if Mr. Boule could get away with gross inaccuracy in his classic (and David Lean in his Academy Award-winning film), then I certainly am allowed to exercise certain creative licenses with my fictional work. Still, I want to get things right, at least the spirit and environment so I can suspend my readers' disbelief a while longer.
Certainly writing a novel set against historical events has been a challenge for me. At times I wonder if I'm biting more than I can chew. At times, however, the information I gathered and the plot ideas that germinated from the research were exhilarating. If nothing else, I've learned so much.
500 words today, 2500 words total
359 days, 183000 words to go