It’s been a while since I’ve gone to the library to check out reference books, but I’m back in research mode. Maybe I’m doing it backwards, but this time I’m actually enjoying it. You see, I wrote a historical fantasy, and now I’m doing more detailed research between drafts.
Oddly, its been working better for me this way. Before writing the book, my research consisted of blindly cramming all sorts of info into my head, most of which didn’t matter to the story. This time, I know where my world building needs extra detail, and I can see what I got wrong. This time I know the context of the story, and can make better choices about which facts are more important.
And it’s been a pleasure. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed book studying, scrawling notes onto paper with my horrible handwriting. Lurking in the library. There’s a real pleasure in the tactile. I think I do focus better when I’m not reading on a screen. Manually organizing information. Learning things about the world and real people in it.
There’s still a bunch of research I’ve yet to do, but I’m game this time around.
Have you been surprised by your writing process recently?