It's Q&A DayIt's Q&A day here at the Wet Noodle Posse. Feel free to post your questions in the comment section and we'll get this discussion started.
We can also talk about how you're doing with your writing goals and we can even talk about books we plan to read over the weekend. Bonus if it's a Noodler book!
This whole month we're talking about getting your writing jump started. There were a few questions about why we have research as one of our later topics especially since research can be a fundamental with any new project. I reread Diane Gaston's earlier post about research, and was struck by one of her comments. "...we often can use the need to do research... to keep us from moving forward."
I do EXACTLY that. I'll be moving along at a fast-paced clip in my writing and then stop to do research. Meanwhile, I've lost the thread in my mind or even the writing groove. I have several books in my mind, the story is there, but the research isn't done, but I don't start them because I don't have all the necessary facts in my brain or in my notes. But really, this is counter-productive in the whole writing process.
Once I had the chance to hear New York Times' bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton speak on her own writing style. She said when she hits a point in her manuscript that she needs to stop and do some research, she'll put in big bold letters and in a large font - INSERT RESEARCH MATERIAL HERE - then go about getting her manuscript written, adding what she needs later. I thought it was great advice. Many of us have children, jobs, volunteer work, life so our writing time is precious. Research can often be fit into 10 minute gaps in my time. BUT, I have difficulty being creative in 10 minute gaps in my time.
Hope this has been a good week for you.