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Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:23 pm
by roda havet
I have a question about the era of which the story takes place. Is it easier for those to write a story based in the time that they grew up in compared to an era that is before their time?

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:30 pm
by DrG2
Obviously it is easier to write about what you have experienced.

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:41 pm
by Terry T.A. Rodgers
What DrG2 said.

Something that I always found interesting is that until recently, I'm not sure how recent, people only bathed once or twice a month. Even further back, only on special occasions. I remember my dad telling me, he's in his late 70's, that where he was from, it was a weekly ritual that ever Saturday night they would get cleaned up so that they were presentable for church the next morning.

I think it's little tidbits like that you might not know if you aren't from that era. Luckily we have google. :)

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:25 pm
by DrG2
I think I bathed weekly until I went to junior high and hormones affected my behavior.

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:56 am
by roda havet

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:39 am
by Terry T.A. Rodgers
I think you can do it. You have plenty of people from that era you can talk to and find out all the tidbits during the time. A lot easier than say the 1700s. Now it's taking from stuff you read and research instead of eye witnesses.

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:43 am
by pls

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:50 am
by roda havet
I'm still working on "Ann Of Korppi" on it is based on the era we live in now. But while I was working on it one day listen to my favorite music I got an idea that I just can't get out of my mind. So I have been making notes from time to time on it and wondering if it should be someone born in the 60's or just stick with my age group. It has to do with the person telling the story of there life and how they became who they are.

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:16 am
by pls
Keep in mind the Somerset Maugham edit: "Write what you know". Research will expand what you know. You can write about an era you didn't live through, but be careful when you include artifacts from that era - for example, pagers, not cell phones, were dominant in use during the early '90's.

Re: Question about the era of which a story takes place.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:45 am
by roda havet
Yeah, I was born in the early 80's and remember seeing on tv growing up what I believe was called the box phone and the car phones. Which car phones could only be used in the car and most were just for emergencies. But now we have cell phones and heck house phones where you can call across the world. It's amazing how things change. Use to when someone was out somewhere they had to call a person using a pay phone. Oh, there was a time where pagers were a big thing too can't forget those. I may just stick to exactly what I know but if I do go the other route I have a lot of resources at hand. I'm not sure when I'll truly start writing it since I'm still working hard on the other novel. It's just I have so many ideas going through my mind at one time I figured it was best to start writing them down.