By the way, for any interested writers who want to get a boost on their writing: check out the Winter Writing Festival by the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. It's like NaNoWriMo but you set your own goals and it doesn't have to be just writing. Revising, editing, keeping your butt in the chair without checking Facebook, etc. can all count for your personal goals if you want them to There's also a chat room for moderated writing sprints, where everyone writes for 20 minutes all at once and then takes a few minutes to chat before going back to it. I've found it really does help me focus.
Slarty, thank you for mentioning this; I didn't know about it, and it sounds great! I'm behind on finishing my WIP, and any structure or outside pressure I can invoke will help.
Katiescarlett, it sounds like you have a really intriguing project in the works. Tudor England isn't my area, so I'm glad you've gotten such good advice here from others. I'm planning to start a historical gothic later this year, and I know already that research will be so much different from when I last worked on one, about 14 years ago, before Wikipedia and before a lot of good sources were online. I remember getting really, really frustrated at the paucity of information and on having to rely on super-general books like What Jane Austen Ate...
. Let us know how your book goes!