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Roger
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Writing to a specific audience

Post by Roger » August 26th, 2019, 12:07 pm

Hi,

I'm 2500 words into fantasy novelette set in the middle ages. My editor/critic, who doubles as my wife, isn't a fan of the genre and had issues with the vocabulary. The use of archaic measurements like, span, league and furlong threw her off; toss in middle age weaponry and her head exploded. When writing in a genre or sub genre, should you write to specific readers comfortable with outdated terms or target a broader audience? For example, miles and yards are appropriate substitutions and might not bogged down readers.

Roger

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Re: Writing to a specific audience

Post by PeterTaylor » October 9th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Historical is hard because reader enthusiasts for the period of the setting expect 100% accuracy. They know e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g and will delight in telling the world what you have wrong in a review that will be rated poorly.

Perhaps this is part of the reason why I'm loath to start my Regency/Victorian story set in the UK, though I've done heaps of research.

I'd go with spans and leagues, especially in dialogue.

Good luck!

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