Making More (stories)

I’ve been lured into the NaNoWriMo Camp. I tried keeping up with writing a novel in July once before but the summer just hit me too hard and there were just too many other things to do other than write. But this year I’m keeping a promise I made by writing a novel for my in-laws and because I want to keep my word in a timely fashion I’m writing in July (instead of the November challenge).

Writing challenges help me to stay focused and I’ve had difficulty focusing with this story.  Mostly because there is so much research that has to be done  that as I write, I’m taken out of the plot way too often. My method I decided would be to write the story and just RED LETTER places where I need to research and slip it in later.

It’s funny, because when I say research, for those who never wrote a historical novel before, here’s a sample.

I have my main character go inside the Nissen hut (yes I had to find out what kind of hospital there was in Petworth England in 1942, what kind of structure it was made of, the difference between a Nissen hut and a Quonset hut, and its resilience should a bomb fall on one, was there electricity, and so on and so forth). Once she enters the hut she makes a cup of coffee. (The letters she wrote from which this story is based tells of her love for coffee). This sounds like  one sentence which should take only a second to write. However, in order to be factual, I have to research the answer to these questions.

  • What kind of stove did nurses in WWII use?
  • What kind of pots?
  • Did she haul the water from a tank outside?
  • What sort of shelving were there in the Nissan huts?
  • What sort of cups did they use?
  • Did they have commodities such as sugar?
  • What kind of light did they have? Candles?

As you can see, having to fill in the blanks for almost every sentence slows the writing process down. Especially while researching you come across all sorts of other interesting tidbits!

Anyway, you can guess that there will be a lot of red letters in this story for the first draft.



Where the Yellow Violets Grow is a historical romance that takes place during WWII and is based on the actual letters and life of a nurse in England and a wounded infantryman she cares for.


A note as an author to a reader. Please do not complain about spending a little money on a book that was well researched. I know so many authors that spend a good deal of time writing historical fiction, and its a sad thing when readers want only free books from these authors. I so appreciate the hard work that goes into them!

About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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2 Responses to Making More (stories)

  1. That’s awesome, Gwynn. I’m curious as to how she approached it. I’m not sure Camp NaNo is going to work though. Family is here and summer things are happening now that I made the commitment, but at least it will remind me to write if I get a moment.
    Pat let me borrow Foyle’s War, which takes place very near the setting for my book and around the same time period. I’m enjoying it immensely.

  2. gwynnrogers says:

    Good Luck with the NANOWRMO for July instead of November. The research will be fun for you! I loaned Pat my friend’s book, A TIME FOR SHADOWS, as it is written about her husband’s grandparents and how they met in WWI. Tammy Banks, the author, writes articles, edits, teaches writing, and has published multiple books. Pat plans on sharing the book with you. You may find it interesting. You definitely will be a BUSY lady! Have fun!

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