Writing Is No Easy Occupation

Writing is like wandering round a Medieval Fair 

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Writing is a bit like wandering round a medieval fair. You see lots of things, taste different foods, beers and wines, watch street entertainers, study how potters, stone masons and other craftsmen plied their trades with the tools of the times.  However, you never come to a clear conclusion because something is always there niggling at the back of your mind  – this might look medieval, feel medieval  but its the 21st century. The streets are clean, people are clean (except for the makeup) no filth underfoot or nasty smells, so applying your mind back to the times attitudes and general situations of those day s is no easy matter you have to work at it, and that’s how it is with writing.

We tend to forget how different life was in those times, how dirty, smelly, unhygienic villages and towns were. The fact that life was cheap and the barbaric way justice was meted out tends to be compared with our times.  So there is a tendency to introduce a small touch of modern-day attitudes towards things. I am not saying that hygiene was not understood, just that most writers don’t go there because it can be a minefield.  There were people who understood the connection of being clean and fairly healthy but they were often classed as witches and bad omens.  So when writing Clearing in the Forest I decided to combine a little common sense with history and magic.

Clearing in the Forest is a fantasy story for children of all ages. My schooldays history didn’t cover the reign of King John, but we knew about the jewels in the Wash and how he upset the Barons thus leading to the signing of the Magna Carta. So I thought it time to bring his reign into focus with the help of children, magic, demons, baddies and battles plus a bit of English history. Mind you spells play a good part in there and explain how England has stayed safe – so far.

(c) M.D.Bosc  Author

 

 

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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2 Responses to Writing Is No Easy Occupation

  1. Pingback: Writing Is No Easy Occupation | Michael Douglas Bosc

  2. Such an apt metaphor for writing! All the fun of the fair! Good luck and hope you get lots of readers.

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