This year I have been writing a novel.
Today’s post is about the unexpected goal of research. Previous to this writing project research wasn’t something that figured too greatly into my writing. With this project though there has been a lot of research. I previously mentioned, a few weeks ago in Writing with Wings, that bird research has been big but I have also been researching other things: vehicles, food, other animals, buildings, things for character background and on and on.
Anyway, besides the obvious benefit I found it helped in another way. On occasion, I would be stuck with the movement in my writing so I would shift to research. If nothing else the break from writing was nice but sometimes the research triggered ideas that helped me to jump back into my narrative without even meaning for it to happen. For me, this is where the part of the definition of research that says, “…in order to…research new conclusions” kicked in.
How does research work for you?
By Shari Marshall – 2021