Monday, December 19, 2011
Making Research Fun??
Writing is never boring for many reasons, of course. And because it is never boring, I decided to start my official "author" blog now that I am a published writer. This blog will be the place to comment on my books, ask me questions, learn about the writing process, and well, learn more about me!
On Mondays, Lord willing, I will post about writing and the process. I hope to provide tips of the trade and links to what others are writing on their blogs!
On Wednesdays, again, Lord willing, I will post about Faith in Christ. I hope to write about personal issues I have dealt with or will deal with. But I also hope to post links to inspiring posts by other bloggers.
Finally, on Fridays, I will post about what is happening in the world today. You will find I am passionate about the political arena from the Christian worldview, since I am a Christian. But I promise my posts will be informative and not just provocative.
Research. Can It Be Fun?
The best part of writing a book, for me, anyways, is RESEARCH!
But it is also the most arduous too. When I wrote "The Dragon Forest", I wanted to make sure my details about the castle, the dialy existence of its citizens, seemed real to the reader.
Now that I am writing my first YA Christian Fiction book series, "The Warfare Club", I am back to researching and loving it. But, as with all things in life, I hit a major snag: I messed up the setting. I completely got the dates wrong! And I had already written 3 whole chapters on that setting that now need to be rewritten.
Oh how humbling it all is! I am so grateful that the Lord helped me see the erorrs now...rather than later when a reader sends me a strongly worded letter detailing all the errors!
God is good. And kind. ...and patient.
Yes, research can be fun for a book project! Research can add those details to your scenes that draw in your readers to your world...whether fictional or historical. But never let research take over the project and bog you down.
Always remember your story is the point! Your readers want to know what happens next. Great writers know how to add those details AND completely enthrall their readers.
Your turn: What research have you conducted for your projects? How can research for a book project be fun to you?
Blessings and welcome to my blog!