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Each Regency tale is a story of adventure and intrigue but the tone is light and there is always a happy ending. It is the journey there that provides the enjoyment.
So what goes in the mix?
First, find the people.
After collecting pictures from whatever source, I spread them out on the table and the faces look back at me. One or two of them dominate and already their story is developing. Once that is clear, choosing friends, family, enemies and potential partners quickly follows. Even the places where the events of their story take place seem to be decided just from the expression on the face of that dominant person.
Deciding when exactly the story takes place is vital as well as working out all the dates and times of historical events at that period so that the story is plausible. I'm a bit fanatical about the time-line.
Events of the general period and of the year of the story, dress, food, activities, manners, travel, books in fashion, etc, etc. Research is an endless activity and always a pleasure. In addition to the above, a visit to a museum or stately home can throw up a chance find; for example, an 18th century gold corkscrew in its blue velvet case - an absolute bijou - and it will be used as a suitable gift for a heroine to offer the hero in a future tale; or the demonstration of 'the language of the fan' at a Chawton House Open Day, which gave me an important plotline for The Rake's Challenge.
Here I take a much needed rest after crossing the River Tagus in Lisbon - so I can see how it appeared to Sebastian when he arrived on his crippled boat in The Diplomat's Dilemma
.... the story has to be written.
It takes a lot of thought to plot the key love scene for my hero and heroine
What about...? No........that's not right...
They won't do that......*sigh* ...or that.....
At last, they show me how they want the scene to go. Oh, the relief!
It's amazing but that's how it happens. Now we can move on and get the story written.
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