When I talk about proper props and attire, I’m not saying that you need to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the whole novel. That would be telling, not showing, not to mention unbelievably boring for your readers and could possibly make them want to throw your book across the room.
However, with that said, peppering in tidbits of information regarding props and attire, now that is a whole other story, and one that will surely keep them drawn into the time period and sucked in your novel.
Since it’s essential that the reader is enveloped into a time period of the past, then of course, props and attire will play a role. You don’t want one of your characters listening to a radio in a book that is set before radios were invented. And you don’t want to have a female character in pants before it was socially accepted that women wear pants. Once again, this is where your
mortal enemy best friend ‘research’ comes out to play.
Elements to Historical Fiction and Historical Romance
Rules for Historical Fiction and Historical Romance