Oh boy, this is my first post other than my welcome thread. *shivers in fear* So I'm trying to get back into writing a novel I wrote several years ago. The principle reason I stopped writing was because the research was killing me. It's set during the inter-war times (1920s/1930s) in London, and within a specific society. I bought a wonderful book on England during that period and started reading it, and then I started searching for specific things, and then... I gave up. It was so hard to find the information that I wanted because it was so specific. I watched movies to try and figure things out, but even then that's other people's interpretation, not the reality of it. What has always bothered me is the question of how detailed it needs to be. My story isn't about war, or historical figures, or historical happenings - it just happens to be set at that time period. And before anyone says to move the time period, I'm going for a certain look/feel as to why I'm writing it then. So, do I have to do all that research? How many details can you make up/screw up without pissing people off? One thing I remember someone saying to me is, obviously, you can't say something like Hitler was a Russian. People know that. But not many people know the era I'm writing about, so people would probably not get too ruffled if I described the ice box slightly wrong. But what do you folks here think? Is there any leeway in writing historical fiction?