I don’t like it.
I don’t care what other people say, how many authors tell you that research can be fun, how many people tell you that, “If you’re writing a book on a topic you love, the research should be interesting!”
Research. Is. Not. For. Me.
Mostly because every minute I’m researching is a minute I’m wishing I could be drafting – exploring the story, detailing action, discovering twists and turns I didn’t know about before.
But research is necessary. I think about all the books I’ve read that were poorly researched, and how thin they felt, how flimsily constructed. An added detail or two, the addition of something I (as a reader) didn’t know before but that the author so clearly does, makes such a huge difference in a story. It lets you say, “Okay, you know what? This is real. This is actually happening.” No matter how crazy the story gets.
So I’ve sucked it up and have been researching for the past few weeks. Still a bit more to go.
A couple of things I have (mostly) enjoyed researching for this WIP are the city I live in (D.C.) and the profession of my protagonist (Investigative Journalist).
For the city, it’s mostly familiarizing myself with its interesting history and the backstory of certain infamous locations.
On the Investigative Journalist front, I’ve been taking Bob Woodward’s Masterclass to add to the knowledge I already have about the profession. (Side note: Bob Woodward is a legend).
The fun has yet to really show itself in this research, but at least progress can be found everywhere I look. And at least I know (on my good days) how absolutely necessary it is if a writer wants his/her work to truly be the best it can be.
Can’t wait to start actually drafting!
Anyone here a big fan of researching? What’s one of the coolest / most interesting things you’ve learned in the process?