There’s nothing so jarring as to bump up against an ill-placed detail in a story. Especially in historical fiction. One phrase or out-of-place image can make the reader lose faith in the writer.
And good writing on some level, I think, is all about projecting authorial confidence to your audience. Here’s my story. I know what I’m talking about. Dive in. Keep reading. (Not that the characters need to be confident, or that the author needs to be confident, but more that the author’s voice needs that commanding ringmaster sort of authority.)
Details that are confused, mixed up or just plain wrong for the setting can frustrate readers or, worse, cause them to put your book down.
How do you find and eliminate clunker details in your writing? How do you fact check yourself?