Balance in the Writing Process

As a disabled man I have a great appreciation for the importance of physical balance. Gravity and physics have an inelegant way of alerting me when I’m not paying enough attention. Balance in a writing process is something I’m still learning.

I’ve done very little research in my writing to-date. My first two novels Vengeance Will Come (with beta readers) and The Rebel Queen (draft) are fantasy, futuristic, other-worldly. That tends to give me a lot of latitude when it comes to ‘putting down accurate information’. I suspect as an inexperienced author I maybe over play that excuse, but it suffices for now.

My new writing project (let’s call The Hostages for now) is set in the near-future, located in the US and Brazil. Research is therefore a must if I don’t want to have the average reader confronted by gargantuan gaping flaws in my setting (or subject matter).

Last weekend I began to research. My intention was to front-load: do all my research before beginning writing. Mustering all the enthusiasm of a new project, much akin to a present-laden child on their birthday, I visited the library and started to plow through source materials. …I’ve realised this approach doesn’t work for me.

If I spend weeks researching (without doing any writing) it will put out the embers of enthusiasm, dulling my writing edge. I need to at least be doing some writing in conjunction with the research, even if it’s only world building or plot sketching.

Advertisements

Got thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s