I have written the outline, the general story, and now it’s a matter of researching where (physically) to start and where (physically) to end my story.
It’s not as easy as closing your eyes and pointing to a city on a map.
I want the story to make sense. I want the story to sound real. I mean, no one would wonder if I drove a car from A to B, or landed in A and drove to B, but I know me. I wouldn’t drive from A to B nor is there an airport in A or B.
Plus — I want to suspend belief until I start chatting with Colette or Alexander Dumas (or someone just as ghostly).
I just don’t remember the research being this hard the last time around.
Do you do research for your projects? No matter if it’s painting, writing a story, or building a garden, do you do your homework first? I find I have to — I hate projects that are all baloney and no substance.
I find that the more you “know” what you’re talking about, the more you can turn reality into fiction and back again. Only when you know how things work or where things are can you adapt the truth to your own version of reality.
My problem is multifold.
I want to go to Paris one day, but even if I did visit the city of love it wouldn’t be the way my character is visiting it. So it’s hard to go to places she would go rather than places ~I ~ would go or places I would actually go with a partner.
I love the idea of these mini chats with famous dead Parisians, but I like to take direction of the conversation from real quotes from the ghost in charge. But what if there are no quotes available for famous Frenchmen? Am I being too picky?
I often get headaches of I spend too much time on the computer. My eyes need a break. But how can I write, how can I do research, without my eyes?
The answer to all these dilemmas is to just take my time. Research one thing at a time. Write one section of the story at a time. Stop worrying about the story’s next day and next day and next day. Pay attention to where I’m at at the time and give it my all.
Isn’t that how you create?
We often bite off more than we can chew. And nobody can understand us with a mouthful of mush.
Take your time. Plan. Organize. Then go crazy. Then stop. Breathe. Repeat.
And, if you need to, get a new pair of glasses.