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DDs, Interviews, & More!

Leapin' Lizards, Batman! I've been featured here!

Thanks to all the suggesters and CVs that gave me a DD.
Becoming Brian
X-Mas on the Border of England and Over There
A Guide to Writing Combat Related Mental Illness
And Here is John
The Trial of Private Bauer
And Two Years After That Night in Nasiriyah and Analise, now in storage.

Interviews & Reviews
Sometimes I talk about history and people record it.

Being Historical with doughboycafeHistory is cool. I could try to explain why, but if you aren't already interested, there's a better way to get on board: read and/or write historical fiction. Only...I can't say anything there, I don't know anything about historical fiction!
Luckily, dA has a strong cadre of historical fiction writers. I (metaphorically) sat down with one of the outstanding, doughboycafe:
What is "historical fiction"?

I think that it is, quite simply, fiction set somewhere in history. Though it usually draws on one or more actual events, we get to make up the whos and the whys and the hows.
That isn't to say it isn't accurate, however. Historical fiction, good historical fiction, is well researched and the details of the time period, social situation, and culture should reflect real ideas, technology, and cultural values. 

If you have to do the same amount of research, why not nonfiction?

I guess that all depends on your
Daily Lit Deviant - @doughboycafeDaily Lit Deviant is an article put out on a daily basis throughout the year that is devoted to showing the work and accomplishments of one writer per article and presenting exemplary pieces of their work. It is based off of bowie-loon123's series of articles of the same name.
Join me in welcoming doughboycafe as our Daily Lit Deviant for January 6th, 2014.
Nominated by Nichrysalis
doughboycafe is the definitive resource for all things military fiction on deviantART, and her gallery exemplifies her love for crafting realistic, accurate fiction in a war-torn setting.

The guide above deals with mental illness sustained from combat, and there is nothing quite like it on deviantART. Anybody with any intentions to create a believable character should read and take something from this guide.

Writers of the Revolution, July 21Featured WRITER
Featured by SilverInkblot
Reading work from doughboycafe is a matter of investing your time – her pieces are often dense and long, but your investment will be returned tenfold. I, as a matter of personal taste, have never cared much for war stories, be it in my literature or my movies, yet the works below sucked me right in.

Becoming Brian
"He crawled on his belly through the thick jungle of the Argonne Forest and he covered himself in the gray French clay. His fingertips went black from cleaning his rifle. He tripped while running over a field and looked up just in time to see the rest of the squad mowed down by machine gun fire - they landed one by one on the hard ground, nothing but tatters and holes. He shot a boy in the head. He ran out of bullets and gored a man with his knife, and his fing
Artist Interview - DoughBoyCafeArtist Interview with Professional Travel Writer who has received a number of DD's with a recent DD being awarded for the piece A Guide to Writing Combat-Related Mental Illness at link We have interviewed him below on his art.
1. What type of art do you do?
I am a fiction writer. I also do non-fiction work, but it’s mostly for my work, or in the form of guides. I consider my art and love to be a writer of fiction.
2. Have you attended education for your artwork, or are you self-taught? Do you do your art professionally or as hobby?
I have never attended classes for writing, no, but I wouldn’t say I’m entirely self-taught. My background is in History and Anthropology, which really helps me in writing because I primarily write historical fiction. My school study gave me a strong background in my material, and after that, I did coursework

The Historical Fiction Workshop
Just what it says on the package.
Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 1, Prep WeekWelcome to the 2015 Historical Fiction Workshop!
Please read the following carefully, as instructions are here.
This year I have the pleasure of hosting alongside neurotype, former Lit CV and all around dA rockstar. We are both versed in literature and have been published before, and I personally have several degrees in history and history related fields, so you are going to be in good hands here.
Does that make us the be all and end all? Not by a long shot. But we have some chops, and we want you all to know that you'll be getting real instruction, and not random speculation. We're working hard to make this worth your time and energy.
What will happen from here on out?
Assignments will be posted weekly in a journal, like this one, so right now make sure you are watching me, even if it is temporary for the workshop.  I won’t be slighted if you unwatch at the end, this is for practicality’s sake only.
Once you have completed an ass
Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 2, Hi-StoryThe lessons actually begin. Let's do this :stare:
This week we will be talking about not how to write accurate history, but how to write a story. Just because you chose a genre to write in doesn't mean the story element is somehow less important than the background your chose. It still has to be literature.

Lesson 2: Building a HistFic story

First, let's talk about what Historical Fiction is. A lot of people seem to think that if something is historical fiction, that it needs to revolve around a specific historical event. It doesn't. In fact, the fiction part of the genre allows you to invent your own. But remember, this isn't AU (that´s a whole different genre!). We're going to take a real setting, with real facts, and build a story from it. If you want to use a real event, that's fine. But if you are interested in a time period or general area, that's also fine.
Historical Fiction is hard because it requires so much research. You need to work a lot, read a

Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 3, SourcesAlright, here we go. Everyone has their base ideas, now it’s time to dive into research. Everyone is excited. We all open up google, and…
Oh, god, it's TOO MUCH. There is information on everything, everywhere, and I can't tell what is useful or isn't, or where I should even start!
 No big. Let's roll with this week's lesson.
Lesson 3: Sources and Gathering
Now it’s time to start learning how to gather proper sources and how to sift out what is actually relevant to your story. Remember that this is NOT the only week you’re going to have for research, as researching is a continuous process during all story writing, but especially so in historical fiction.
Part 1: What you need, what you don't.
First thing is to look through your outlines and notes and start pulling out exactly what information you are going to need. Let’s look at my own example outline.
I am writing a story about American espio
Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 4+5, WritingAlright Historians, time to actually start writing your story.
(NOTE: if you have not completed week 3's sources and you are starting to panic, DON'T. You have time. you have time to read, you will have two whole weeks to write this AND week 6 is focused on re-researching and re-writing, so from here on all, reading sources and putting pen to paper is literally all you are doing. Be calm, and ask me if you are hitting road blocks.)
This time, your assignment first: Start your working draft. I’d like to see people get it half done by the end of the week. I assume that halfway through your stories you will start to find more things you need to research, so here is what I want you to do:
:bulletblue: Make a new scrap deviation, this will be your rough draft. Start writing it and link it back here so I know when to look at it. You can link even if you only have an opening paragraph and continue to add to it, alerting us as many times as you like

Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 7, RedactionTime for the final week, guys. Sorry I am a day late. What I need is links to your rough drafts posted on this journal so we can move forward.
This week is all about editing your rough draft, meaning, I want you to go back and start looking for clunky sentences, mistakes, etc. If you don't encounter any historical inaccuracies, good for you!
But if you do encounter one...
Ok so we’ve all gotten part way through our stories. And then stopped. Probably because several people hit a brick wall and realized they are either missing critical information or worse yet – they got something wrong.
First part of this week’s lesson is: Guys, you’re going to get a lot of things wrong. No amount of research is going to give you the 100% the first time through. This is history, this is the grind. So the f



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This month I will be starting up a group for Historical Fiction on dA. But in order to do this and make it the best it can be to fit community needs, I will need points to go towards prompt and contest prizes, and also to get year long supergroup status.

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Historical Fiction Workshop: Week 7, Redaction

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 27, 2015, 12:33 AM

Time for the final week, guys. Sorry I am a day late. What I need is links to your rough drafts posted on this journal so we can move forward.

This week is all about editing your rough draft, meaning, I want you to go back and start looking for clunky sentences, mistakes, etc. If you don't encounter any historical inaccuracies, good for you!

But if you do encounter one...

Ok so we’ve all gotten part way through our stories. And then stopped. Probably because several people hit a brick wall and realized they are either missing critical information or worse yet – they got something wrong.


First part of this week’s lesson is: Guys, you’re going to get a lot of things wrong. No amount of research is going to give you the 100% the first time through. This is history, this is the grind. So the first thing you need to do is come to grips with the fact that there are inaccuracies in your story. Have we done that? Good. Now we can fix them.

But, doughboycafe, you tell me, my mistakes are really big and change the entire flow of the story! How the hell do I cope with that?

Let me tell you a story. I wrote a novel once. Then I realized after about a year’s worth of research more that one of the units I had stationed with my primary group of characters was British, though the area I had selected and built the book around never had any British units stationed during the Great War. It screwed up half the plot. Literally. Without this unit being English speaking and also in that area, about 12-15 of my 30 chapters fell apart. So I had to go back and redo the whole thing, finding new ways to incorporate all the elements I needed to make it work. I’m still rewriting some of those 12-15 chapters.

But the world didn’t end, and I’m doing it. So, you can too.


Second lesson: Your story has not fallen apart due to the inaccuracy. We will find a way around this. Remember that outline I had you make in the beginning? Go back to it. Look at the plot points. What is your story about? Is it about a murder? A prison sentence? An adventure? Or is it about the way the characters grow and change their perspectives via the adversity they’re undergoing? It’s the latter, it’s always the latter.

So if you have a massive issue or inaccuracy, go back to your outline. You need to do the following things: (Exercise 1)

:bulletblue: Identify what elements you need out of the scene. In my case it was, native English speaking veteran soldiers, stationed in (x) area, not part of the American unit I was basing the story around. Pick out your own base elements and list them.

:bulletblack: Identify why you were including this in the story to begin with. What is this scene, plot point, whatever, bringing to the table? In my case I needed native English speakers to present a foil to the principle characters, showing a dark mirror of the future for what they might become. So what are you using this issue to do?

:bulletblue: start brainstorming other ways to fit the same concept with the same elements into your story a different way. In my case, I put volunteer Americans in a French unit that I knew was stationed there and it actually ended up working better for my purposes. Put these brainstorming notes at the bottom of your brainstorm scraps, and link me to that scrap again, so that  I can come around and help you.




Lesson 3, Resourcing. Now that you have run up against a wall, maybe your problem is you have gaps in your knowledge and you don’t know where to go next. This is ok. Historical fiction is always a process of writing, stopping, researching, writing a little more. Because the story is going to take shape as we write it and so inevitably we will come upon something we didn’t prepare for.

So how do you re-source?

This is where having that outline you did in Week 1&2 is going to be so damn important. If you are stuck, go back and look at your list of major plot points. Exercise 2, in your research and notes scrap, write out the list of things, even if they are general topics, that you need to get from where you are to the next plot point on your list.

More often than not, I find what I am lacking from initial research is social day to day material. I don’t actually know how this group or people lived. But this is alright, it’s narrowing down the field of what you need, and now when you go searching for it, you’ll know exactly what you are looking for. There are a lot of great documentaries and also anthropological studies and social history resources that can help with these things – also it is worth it if social history is your issue, to read novels written at the actual time period you’re working in, as they’ll reflect some aspects of the culture of the time. (Be aware, though, that even doing this should be taken with a grain of salt. Authors are still artist and of course they will reflect what they see and believe to be true, not the whole truth.)

Now for your next step: exercise 3, go back to your research table and look up 3 new sources that will help with the information gaps you need. Those of you that need access to JStor, please ask here and we will help find it. Otherwise, google scholar is still your best friend. Put your new sources in your scraps.

:bulletblue: it is also worth pointing out at this juncture that you might have the information you need in your current sources. If you weren’t able to actually read through all of them, start doing that. See if they have an index to cut your research time down. 

:bulletblack: Or ask here because maybe someone else in the workshop can quickly point you in the direction of a good source, or just answer your question.


But doughboycafe, this is tedious and makes me lose heart!

Don’t. This is what you signed up for. This is the grind. Keep at it and you will produce a story you like, which will be good and solid and something to be proud of. You just need to stick through this tough part. I remember when I first went into archaeology school, I was sitting in a lecture hall with 500 other people for Arch 101. The first thing our professor told us is that 90% of archaeology is done in a library, so if we were expecting Indiana Jones, we should leave now. By the time I got to the second year course, there were only about 35 of us left. But it was totally worth it.

You can do it. Ask me for help if you need it. 7 days left guys, let's push through.

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RattledFawn Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks so much for the fave, dear! :tighthug:
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no prob. i really liked it, so. fav'd.
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Thank you so much for adding my writing to your collection, also! :wow:
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Well i honestly did like it!
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Thank you. That is something I love to do! :)
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...what are you doing back here by the incinerator?
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