#amwriting, but really #amresearching

Sometimes I lock into the research side of things and lose sight of writing. Even the most seemingly trivial of facts warrants a quick check, then I’m following a trail, like breadcrumbs in reverse, seeking the origin.

Are authors chronic researchers who like to write on the side? Does it give purpose to amount of reading done, which far outweighs the word count produced in a manuscript. Of course, I chose to write a story that requires the ‘background’ reading and research. It does make we wonder if there is a genre where you can truly write blind with no quick reference check or Googling to find the time it takes to drive from A to B, because I want that degree of realism to blend with my fiction.

Be it crime with the forensics, or history with the dates and costumes, or science fiction and the improbable, but not impossible ideas – sometimes you wonder, am I taking my ideas too far, the realism too extreme. Where is the fantasy in writing? What matters to the reader? Am I writing to meet their expectations of facts or am I distracting myself with unnecessary details?

To be honest. I enjoy digging around amongst the details, it’s educating and even if a large proportion never makes it into the book, I’m having fun finding it.


One comment

  1. So true. I live this myself.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are always welcome.

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 )

Facebook photo

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

Connecting to %s

The Bridgehunter's Chronicles

Bridging our past with the future by preserving our heritage in the present.


random, eclectic, see how my mind works

The Old Shelter

Dieselpunk author - Historical Fantasy Set in the 1920s


Kiddie Talkies - Have a look at this World through a kid's eyes with the help of his Mom's expressions

Rebekah Loper, Author

Character-driven epic fantasy. Resilient women. A touch of romance.

Wolf of Words

Stories, Reviews and Opinions!

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing


it wouldn't be thewirralgirl without you.

Rachel Walkley

Telling Tales, Revealing Secrets

Author Erika Jayne

Where stories come to life

Living the Dream

Susanne Matthews

Stories I Found in the Closet

The musings of writer, mother, musician and whatever else takes my fancy

Planet Pailly

Where Science Meets Fiction

True North Bricks

Canadian LEGO® Fan Media

Tossing It Out

The musings of writer, mother, musician and whatever else takes my fancy

Sorchia's Universe

Magic, Mystery, a little Whisky, and a Cat

%d bloggers like this: