Writing Update: Research

13-11-02-olb-by-RalfR-03“When in doubt, go to the library.” – J.K. Rowling

Last month I talked about my focused fallow period and refilling my creative well. (I’m not sure why I always think of it as a well—maybe because even when it’s full it takes some effort to draw out a bucket full of inspiration and use it effectively).  As I hoped, it’s been refreshing and fun!

This month I’ll be narrowing my focus even more as I wrap up researching for my next project. I have never spent this much time researching before (I know—my writing suffered as a result, trust me) and I have enjoyed it so much! Since leaving school I haven’t done the best job of continuing education. But being curious is what keeps you young, and for once in my life, everything I’ve been learning about is what I have been curious about. It’s amazing how much you can absorb when you are in charge of the curriculum!

In addition to all this fun learning I’ve been up to, I’m drafting my pitch and query this month. (This is an attempt to avoid the headache and stress of doing it at the end). Some authors have said they always start with this because it’s the core of the story (meaning it’s not likely to change much) and if they feel like the book starts to go off the rails, they refer to it to get the outline or the characters back on track. I’m excited to try it, especially since I tend to dread saving it for last.

So that’s what I’ll be up to as our short but gorgeous fall season begins here in the mountains!  If I find my world-building process useful this time around (meaning when I’m drafting I keep exclaiming about how much easier this is), I may share that at a later date, but for right now, back to it!

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