I may be in over my head
I mentioned that I wanted to work the Jack Benny show (and maybe other shows) into my next story.
I decided to cheat and make my main character a time traveler, though I haven’t decided why or how yet. This would enable me to use words and phrases that weren’t around in the late 1930s. After reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, I guess I have time travel on the brain.
The down side? There’s a lot that I don’t know about the 1930s. I know that Mickey Mouse was around, and that the Great Depression was going on. But really, that’s about it.
I didn’t think about the research I’d have to do to make the story somewhat believable. I’ve already looked up the history of radio, telephones, and the Great Depression, and I’m only one paragraph in.
But, even though I’ve written very little so far, I still feel like I can do things with the general idea in my head. I’m going to go ahead and see where it takes me, even though the process may be a lot slower than my last story.
Or I may have my time traveling character alter history early so that accuracy isn’t important. It would be a cheap way out, but it’s an option.