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Pondering a Story . . .

Long day at work today. However, since I’m technically on Spring Break (takes a look at the snow still outside and wonders about that), I didn’t have class this evening, so I decided to work on one of my stories this evening.

I decided to pick up with Flashpoint again and added 2044 words. It’s an interesting story, basically set in 1942 in the Pacific Theater of WWII. However, it’s going to take some linguistic work because terms the GIs would have used to describe the Japanese are definitely not acceptable these days.

So, do I stay true to the time period I’m setting the story in or do I avoid the stereotypical (and sometimes abusive) language used by people (and easily found in the comics, books and movies of that time period)? However, I don’t want my characters to sound like a bunch of Oxford dons on the battlefield either. Combat, especially, guerrilla warfare, tends to bring out more base emotions in a person. How do I make it feel like 1942 without offending 2014 readers, but how do I make it feel like 1942 if I write it like it’s 2014?

Right now, I’m in avoidance mode, but it just doesn’t read right to me. I’ll get with the editor/publisher for this short story when I’m done and see what they’re comfortable with.

Period pieces are hard. *sigh*

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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