Authentic vs. pedantic

I’m working on a story set in the 1840s and I want the setting to be authentic. I’ve been thinking about how to do that without sounding like a history book. This post considers the same question. How much backstory is too much? (You may need to scroll past a bunch of menu items to get to the post.)

Research: Keeping the Backstory in the Back | Indies Unlimited

Varied learning

Adding both authors and genres we don’t ordinarily read is a great way to learn as writers. I found Sunili Govinnage’s article from The Guardian intriguing.

I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free | The Guardian

For another list of black authors, check out