As I said yesterday, I’m trying to catch up with the challenge because I didn’t manage to follow it properly.
I have no clue if I’ll manage, but I’m counting on tomorrow’s break.
So, let’s go on!
This is another nice topic and, of course, one of my obsessions but, shush, don’t tell anybody or I’ll end up in a straight jacket in a jiffy!
I believe that for the research bit there was a part of my character that contributed drastically to the escalation from a mere time filler to a real “oh my gosh, I have to research otherwise will be the end of the world” status. The part of me that kindly contributed to this madness was my curiosity; the very same curiosity that brought me as a kid to stare at the plumber while working and to the point I could pass him the tools; or the very same that brought me to ask so many question to the dentist that not only I was involved in the vision and discussion to the x-rays but also had a fair idea of what was supposed to be done for the next visit or operation!
When I went to school my curiosity was actually focusing on the wrong things so I wasn’t that good. If only I put it into the right practice! But when I went to university it was a different story altogether!
Of course, you know already what was the real beginning of the mania: the essay on Dracula and vampires.
When I reached the moment I need to prepare my thesis for the graduation I kind of went wild. I was just sorry that the level of my Japanese wasn’t good enough to let me add up material.
Even my professor during the presentation of my work said that the real problem was to stop me writing!
I want to believe it was a sign!
The point is I didn’t use the whole amount of material I read and gathered but it was such a pleasure to read, research and find elements; once done that, it was marvelous putting all the pieces together and create a fantastic puzzle out of it!
This is what I hope it will happen with this book! And actually the others that I have planned already.
High fantasy is easier on this point of view, I think, as it requires a lot of creation and consistency but less research and study than an urban fantasy set in a real place and using elements of history, mythology and folklore.
There is a looooot to do and less time to do it…ok, I’m quoting, kind of.
To me, the problem with the research is managing to stop, because it becomes addictive. Or maybe it’s a way to delay what I’m doing…who knows.
The latter is a problem connected with my low self confidence. There is a part of me that keep telling I’ll never publish and I’ll never make it.
So this is maybe why I’m all so concentrating on the side bits of the writing.
But I’ll keep going, no worries!
So how about you?
Do you research a lot? You don’t research at all?
How do you organize?
Let me know in the comments below.