A Best of the Web re-blog: The example given may be the “wrong” war, but the essay uses it well, to describe how important the “right” words are in historical fiction. Apparently the author under discussion has succeeded at doing with “his” war story what I’m trying to do with “mine”: to weave the lives, loves, imprinted pain and poetic insights of my characters over, under, around and through the conflicts of the early 20th century. The words that writers use to create their Art are not always pleasant, nor are they necessarily popular at the time they’re written. But if they’re purely written, the Art they create will communicate. And that’s what Art is meant to do.