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Historical Fiction Author
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Published: October 11, 2011
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Because there was none and we needed one. Here you go, historical fiction writers! Let's make our voices heard around the site :D

(Historical fiction authors being writers, story-tellers in general, comic writers... anyone who has an historical fiction story to tell!)
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Bexster674's avatar
Bexster674|Student Writer
I would love to get writing very soon but first I have tonnes (probably several years) of research to do XD
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Phoentrix's avatar
Phoentrix|Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome! Thank you for creating a stamp for this!
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DorianHarper's avatar
DorianHarper|Professional Writer
No problem ;) It's really sad how little historical fiction works get attention on here, so I figured that us authors of such works should show off our pride a tad!
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Phoentrix's avatar
Phoentrix|Hobbyist General Artist
I'd agree. Literature in general gets overlooked so many times, especially historical fiction which takes research and hard work to get the attitudes, costumes and settings right.

Excellent job in helping promote! :D
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Mauser7|Hobbyist General Artist
I faved this one because I see myself as a historical fiction writer myself. I usually start with a base story idea, then do a ton of research before I release the final product. I've been researching WWII on and off since I was nine. SO MUCH INFORMATION! @_____@
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VFreie's avatar
A-FUCKING-CAPSLOCK-MEN.
Research is vital. Not only in historical fiction, even. *shudders at horribly written, horribly researched novels where lazy author hide behind the idiotic "lol who cares about making stuff look realistic it's fantasy" excuse*
But, aye aye. If it's called historical fiction there's a reason. And it's not like you can learn every little detail, ways of thinking, culture, morals, fashion, everyday life etc of past centuries overnight. It takes time. It takes the patience to read through mountains of apparently useless, hard-to-read academic stuff just to get a general overview of how life worked back then. And it takes far more than just googling around to find decent sources. Not that I'm bashing the Google, mind ya. I love it, I love Archive.org, I love Project Gutenberg and all the wonderful resources the internet, if used well, can provide just a few clicks away. Not to mention it's a treasure trove... Eh, scrap that, research itself is a treasure trove!

TL;DR
:thumbsup: @ stamp message. And to all wannabe authors not bothering with the research: do your homeworks, guys!
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Thank you!!
And yes, I couldn't agree more :nod: The internet has certainly helped our generation for researching by making sources available with the click of the button-- therefore there is NO excuse for people saying they can't do research. But, I agree, the internet shouldn't be the only source for research. There are millions of books on topics, documentaries, and even taking the best step in research of ALL-- visiting places and speaking with those who are either experts on the era or who have lived through it. Interviews are great, and many more questions can be answered that way.

It really is upsetting seeing how many people with stories who want them to be taken seriously don't understand that they NEVER will be taken seriously until they actually do research. It's not THAT hard to bring up resources on your computer. And it makes you look like you know what you're doing rather than a fool :no:
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Indeed! And, really, the internet has made that step easier and faster too - asking experts, I mean: email! It's that simple! Or pay a visit to your local history faculty, if there's one around in college/university/library/whatever. And, obviously, tracking down people who lived in your era of interest = best thing ever! (Which I'm unfortunately precluded atm, because by now all people born and lived in the late 1750s are slightly too dead to be asked any question in person :P - so hi there, memoirs-reading galore!)

Ugh. So... many... of... them... a-historical crappily researched stories... I don't even have the strength to RAEG at them anymore. And, honestly, this is also why I've given up following a lot of WW2-themed groups here on DA as well. Too many long-haired bishies in SS uniforms are too many. :(
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Omggggg I hear you. I was just talking to =Snapcat456 about that the other day (about the bishies). @__@

Also. I couldn't update this file with the right stamp that I fixed up, so I had to make a new deviation with the updated stamp: [link]

Hopefully this one is easier to read and all ;)
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Writehor's avatar
Writehor|Hobbyist Writer
If that ain't the truth, sister. :la:
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
:highfive:
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Writehor's avatar
Writehor|Hobbyist Writer
-brb stealin' ur stamp- 8I
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
I uploaded a new one because it wouldn't let me change the file, so you're gonna have to use the other one :XD: (though, this one still applies to you, too).
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WillyKnights|Hobbyist General Artist
*presses eyeballs on screen* ..Very hard seein' the red in there. ;p (But then again, ye're goin' to re-upload it, ja~?)
Indeed. Research is important, in fact.. there's never such a thing as over-researching. For it makes everything more believable. (I even research on fantasy things (even when I'm sure of my knowledge in that category. I want to be completely POSITIVE!)) In fact.. too scared to start my war story just yet. xDD I would like to do more spelunking before even making the TITLE page. :giggle:
Those links will help a lot. :la: -And oo~... "- The more detail you insert in your historical novels, the more opportunities you create for historical errors."? I'll need to remember that when I start mine. :fear: I might even bother you about it when I finally start. :iconteheplz:
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Yes, imma upload it shortly :D I was in a hurry this morning before my Fiction Writing class, so I quickly uploaded what I had. I'm going to try to animate it later once I go through some tutorials online telling me how to do it :XD:

And yep! Even in fantasy areas they tell you to research, since even fantasy things need to be believable to the reader. They need to be "real" in the fantasy... if that makes any sense.

And kekeke. Feel free to bother me when you start :la: I love taking a look at other people's historical stories!
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WillyKnights|Hobbyist General Artist
Ah~ Goodies. :la:

Yes. I know what you mean. XD Example: there may be magic in some fantasies but that doesn't mean you should 'GOD-MOD'. (If that makes sense too. :giggle:)

Hehehehe~... Yay~! :dummy: :plotting:
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Hehe :D

(I actually moved this stamp over to a new deivation since it wouldn't let me upload it here :( So, this is the updated version of this stamp like I promised :la: : [link])
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Geistlicher|Hobbyist General Artist
You already know how I feel about this X3
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Hellz yeah :highfive:
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DaniBlueStar's avatar
I couldn't agree more! *favs*
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
I actually had to move the stamp to a new deviation due to it not letting me change the file :I

So, the new updated version can be found here: [link]

:D
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DaniBlueStar's avatar
Okay, thanks for letting me know! :D
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DorianHarper|Professional Writer
Danke :la:
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DaniBlueStar's avatar
No problem ^^
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