This is what I needed to figure out before getting fully into my next book. For a few weeks I’ve been researching three different time periods in the same town, trying to figure out the following things:
The socio-economic level of my protagonist–(there are three distinct historical experiences (socio-economically speaking) in the town I’m using and I could get excited about all three. Actually, all three will come into play, but I need to place my protag in one or the other or the other.
The essence of the character–I have two distinct female characters in mind–one can play a secondary role or star in the next book, but I needed to choose one.
Historical Backdrop–There are three time-periods that are especially, historically important. I’m interested in all three so I needed to narrow it down. Making this decision would also help me define my main character and play into her socio-economic status.
I’ve finally done it. Everything is narrowed down and neat and tidy and I’m ready to begin the process of collecting artifacts and information pertaining to my people and their town. And, unlike the setting of the current book that’s in the hands of my agency, this town is close enough that I can even visit it…
Anyway, progress was made and that is never bad. Tomorrow, I’ll discuss plot–for while the backdrop plays into plot and will be a character in itself, the backdrop alone is NOT plot.
Don’t roll your eyes. I used to think it was.