Well, Day 2 has come to a close and I’m ready to take a breather. Despite starting late in the day, actually after twelve noon, it was a productive day. I began the edits on Chapter 3 of Bethel Christmas Visitor and wrote 1200 new words on Garden Variety, a story that I am thoroughly enjoying.
The difference I’m finding with Garden Variety is that there is more research involved. Yes, I did do some basic research and fact-finding before I even typed “Chapter One”. I even made a few phone calls to a local real estate company in the town that my story takes place, or at least the town that neighbors my story. I like to make up my own little ‘worlds’ but to give it a ‘real’ feeling I set them around another town I can use actual details about it. Somehow it just seems to make my own town feel real.
Today while writing several little bumps in the road popped up and slowed my pace. So as not to lose my momentum, I simply put in some dashes with a note in parenthesis so I would know where to come back to later. There were a few things that I just didn’t know off the top of my head about my main character’s flower farm. So before I even hit the keyboard tomorrow I expect to be surfing the net and learning a little more about things like what diseases plague roses, what fertilizer to use on an English garden and a few other things that I realized today I just don’t know about. After all, I owe it to my future readers to be factually correct.
So to my followers who are writers I ask you this: how much research do you do before you even set down those very first words? And during the first draft, how often do you find yourself looking up tidbits of information in order to proceed along? Research seems to be a weak spot for me as I always stop myself short for fear of spending too much time researching and never quite getting to the story.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Join me tomorrow as I continue on to Day 3 and another day in the life of a writer on a Countdown to Contract!