on Writers Digest:
I love historical fiction. Love it. I always have. It’s my favourite thing in the world, next to musicals. And don’t get me started on historical musicals.
What I can’t stand is when the world-building, the minutia of the setting: the way the characters talk, what they wear, what they listen to, and so on, is lazy. In historical fiction, whether it be books or a TV show, I always want good world-building. When I sit down to watch or read a period piece, I want to be immersed in the world and be shown historical accuracy, not wondering why the TV show’s protagonist is dressed like a 1950s sweater girl when the show takes place in the 1920s.
Here are my tips for creating a fully realized historical setting.