JuNoWriMo is only a few weeks away – starts June 1!
Like NaNoWriMo – JuNoWriMo is a novel writing month contest, but it is held in JUNE (hence the name!) *You can follow @JuNoWriMo on Twitter for more info and updates.*
Between now and June 1, I have a LOT of research to do.
Jordyn Redwood, her blog Redwood’s Medical Edge, was incredibly kind and generous in helping me with the medical aspect of my research for this novel – what diseases were prevalent in Kentucky and Texas in 1866-1867, and also the treatments for those diseases. I’m not writing a medical text, but those details matter so much. I’ve said this before, but I don’t mind repeating myself 🙂 – it isn’t unusual to do 20 pages of research for a single sentence reference in a novel. But, it’s worth it. If it is going to be authentic, it’s absolutely worth it.
In addition to the medical aspect, I have to research the traveling situation. This novel is about “the journey”, so I’ve stared researching traveling by wagon from Kentucky to Texas in 1866. It’s amazing the information you can find, and also startling to read about the conditions of travel during that era.
Also, I will incorporate the events of that time into the background of the novel – The Reconstruction, the first cattle drives leave Texas, Jesse and Frank James rob their first bank in Liberty, Missouri. Nebraska enters the Union, and the U.S. purchases Alaska. The U.S. and Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other southern Plains tribes sign the Medicine Lodge Treaty, so there’s a lot going on in the periphery of Nelson and Cora’s lives.
Plus, I have to get the bones of the story together – character development, story structure, theme, plot.
Better get busy…