September 5, 2011
Swimming the Depths of Research
I found a great article at Writer's Digest, called "How to Use Fact in Your Fiction" One quote I liked, by author David Hewson, was, "The reason we use truth in fiction is so we can tell a bigger, better lie." Believability is key, even in the most far-fetched story. Facts woven in just the right way help accomplish this goal. The trick, if the goal is to write a novel in a timely manner, is to not get too swept away in all those interesting facts, and actually write the story.
Personally, I try to balance it out. Research some, write some, research, write, etc. etc. If I find myself in a good writing flow and a "fact" holds me up, I use a good old highlighter pen or Word's highlighter feature to mark where I need to go back to later. I'm also looking forward to NaNoWriMo in November, when I'll be spending every minute I can just writing.
Posted by Christina Mercer at 9:46 AM