I've just finished writing a scene for my medieval historical novel - a scene I'd been dreading. It has to do with a famed debate between two philosopher/thinkers, and nothing much had been written about the debate in history's annals.
This has come up before - whether in memoir or in a full-tilt novel such as this - and I found I had to resort to what's worked in the past. Rather than try to devise the debate scene's dialogue analytically, based on hours of probably unrewarding research, I allowed my mind to go blank and, well, I just wrote. The validity in this is that the specifics of this ancient debate are said to be stored in the collective unconscious Jung identified and, while I might not get to the details of the debate by working in this manner, I can get to the sense of it - with what few clues I gain from history as a catalyst.
How do I know that I'm not fooling myself? You can never be sure, but the more comfortable I am with what I've written as I go through subsequent edits, the more sure I am that the scene works, and supplements the clues that history gave me.
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Native American culture. Education. Creative writing.