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Systematic Investigation

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

8 thoughts on “Systematic Investigation

  1. I don’t research enough… lol. Too often my writing research is to verify what I know, to put names to things/people/ideas that I know, to place things I know at specific dates, etc. Occasionally it is to add details to add a bit of realism (mostly historical stuff). Too rare am I delving into the unknown, so I rarely have those “ah-ha” moments, but I have had those “oh crap” moments when I discovered a key part of my story was wrong 😉

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    1. Well, research is research I think even if you are clarifying things that you already known. As for those “oh crap” moments I don’t think writing would be fun without them. Haha. Thanks for stopping in Trent.

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  2. Hi Shari. Scenes or characters drive my research and most often I discover the need along the way then I look for a point of credibility and try to stop near it. For my short story we spoke about last week, I need to know about oleander poisoning. This story is going to be brutal it seems.
    Then for my longer, scifi story I had to design something based on atomic weights so did some quality time with a periodic table and drilled into some specific elements. Fun, but brain stretching.

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    1. Yes, things do seem to come up that need to be researched for credibility. Oleander poisoning and the periodic table for research sounds heavy. Interesting, but heavy. Can’t wait to read these pieces Gary. Thanks for stopping in.

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      1. Ha.
        I’m doing my best to avoid producing two need stories, but the SciFi story is resisting my efforts. I’m working on a spreadsheet now to get the timing straight because the speed of light plays a part and one just can’t mess with the speed of light. 💡

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  3. I live research. Its just that I fall into rabbit holes and have to sift my out to decide what could and could not use.

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    1. Yes, I have found somethings that I am looking into a bit to interesting or an off shoot of it that I wasn’t expecting and I get sucked into the “rabbit hole.” Sometimes it is just to hard not too…
      Thanks for stopping in Antoinette.

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