Research is what I’m doing …

… when I don’t know what I’m doing.          ~Wernher von Braun

My blog series, Let’s Write That Book, is finished. Hope you enjoyed the basics — hope you learned a little something, too.

Do you ever find that when you anticipate doing something, it turns into a runaway train? 

Runaway train is sometimes my maiden name.

I have had this idea for a new novel for a few months now. It’s going to take a lot of research; more than I’ve done in the past. Every time I look at the plot it seems doable, yet there is a lot of research to do to make it flow the way it’s supposed to.

Is this what they mean by biting off more than you can chew?

Is this what they mean by putting the cart before the horse?

Is this what they mean by you don’t know your idioms?

Seriously. I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of the hill looking up. Like once upon a time I had a great idea and now that I’ve got to get organized and do the work the idea doesn’t seem so great.

Is it the upcoming holidays that’s putting a damper on my enthusiasm?

Is it the fact that I’m suddenly retired and forgot how to concentrate?

Or is it the fact that my original blow out blast off idea is a bomb?

No matter how great your writing ideas are, there will always be some impediment to moving forward. I don’t have enough time. I didn’t take enough notes. I took too many notes and now I’m confused.

Preparation can be enjoyable — until it’s not. But you have to do it.

Preparation for any event is stressful. But if you want to do it — want to do it right — you have to do your research.

I suppose writing is no different than other creative endeavors. You want to do it right, you have to find the right materials, the right atmosphere. You can’t settle for second best — you want what you want, you know what you need to take your project to the next level. And you know in your heart if you settle for less you will never be happy.

I want to write about visiting Paris, yet I have never been to Paris. I want to write about famous figures from Paris but I don’t know a whole lot about these people. I want to write about doing something I’ve never done knowing I’ll never do it.

All of these challenges can really make that hill you are looking up look more like a mountain.

The best way to tackle this rocky road is to take one step at a time. To have a good time with every step you take, even if it takes you longer than you anticipated. The painting, the writing, the collage will start when it’s time. You cannot rush destiny.

I know that sounds like Zen 101, but doing it quickly is a lot different from doing it right. Shortcuts are okay when driving or using your keyboard, but not when it comes to flushing out a character or describing where someone lives. 

The proof will be in the pudding.

The end is in the means.

And I stuck when it comes to writing idioms.


2 thoughts on “Research is what I’m doing …

  1. Thank you for the reassurance! And yes… one step at a time. I know I’ll have fun writing my book, but I’ll enjoy it a lot more if the research is done first.


  2. One step at a time! I initially thought that doing research would be time-consuming and labour intensive but I soon came to find it very enjoyable and motivating. I loved your blog series Let’s Write That Book.


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