Posted on 10/11/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One of the most telling comments we ever heard in a job interview was that a prospective manager didn’t believe in excoriating employees, because he had yet to see someone work better after being yelled at.

We were reminded of that sagacity upon reading Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s recent column about writing historical fiction.

Worrying about the tiniest of details and the hypothetical critic who will ream you out for your mistake won’t benefit your work, she argues.

Carpenter isn’t saying to barrel ahead, inaccuracies be damned; she’s suggesting that you approach the necessary details with a sense of wonder that will contribute to your storytelling.

Hear her story (and the advice of others) in a guest column on Writer’s Digest.

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