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Last Friday, I promised to give you more tips on writing historical fiction, so today I bring you four research tips, including how to avoid the problem of erasure. #histfictips
1. If feasible, get newspapers from the place/time in which you're writing, which not only provide an overview of current events, but give insight to pop culture, prices, jobs, language, etc. Read not just within your time frame, but several months before and after, too.
(For THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL, I read an entire year's worth of papers, circa 1889-1890.) A good librarian is golden here. Don't forget about university libraries, too (and don't be scared of microfiche either, which is often the only way to access older publications).
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