This is not what I sat down to write, but it is the topic that comes to me, and it demands to be written.
Is change always, in all cases, a requirement for interesting characters?
This specific tension - the conflict between actual historical facts and popular instincts about those facts - has a name...
How do I get over the hump, roll up my sleeves, and get to work in the dog days of revision? Well, let me tell you.
It's not a disease you can catch, or a barrier sitting on your keyboard.