Research Good. Research Bad.


Sorry for the silence.  I have a plot line that is taking a little more research than I anticipated so I’ve been bogged down trying to get it all done and still get some sort of word count.  Thank goodness I decided to give up my Lone Ranger JANO and extend my personal deadline to something more manageable for me.

I’m a fits and spurts writer.  Is that the term?  Fits and Spurts?  Sounds gross.  (It’s getting late and I’m sleepy. <g>)

Anyway, I write a lot for a couple of days then tiptoe through the tulips for a couple.  No, I’m kidding.  I usually research, work on plot lines or uh, do other real life things like eat or clean.  And now that I’m hoping to upgrade my critique offerings to two chapters a week, I have to stop, go back and polish chapters into second drafts. 

I want to be the kind of writer who pushes out four or more chapters a week, but two seems to be my stopping point.  Since my books run around 20 chapters, it really isn’t all that long if you think about it.  Works for me. 🙂

Sometimes I love the research part of writing and sometimes, it frustrates me because I’m actually wanting to “do” the writing.  But, I’ve found that fresh, new ideas come from research so I can’t really complain.  I have a lot of great research books, but I find myself going on-line quite a bit as well.  I’m always careful to compare notes from different sites, too.  Not everyone with a research site has done their research.  Snort. 

To the right and down, there’s a pic of some of the shelves in my office.  I may be personally responsible for keeping Writer’s Digest Book Club in operation for years.  I also find a lot of great books in bargain bins and book sales.  I might put together a list of my favorites.

“Basic research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”                                               Wernher Von Braun 


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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9 Responses to Research Good. Research Bad.

  1. Word Doctor says:

    Fits and spurts, huh? Could be interesting…

    Best of luck with your research. Whatcha working on, anyway?


  2. relliott4 says:

    An urban fantasy novel. Under my pic it says urband fantasy,horror and romance. I’m ambitious.

    My research was in serial and mass murderers.

  3. Heather says:

    Oh lord, I used to have quite the serial killer reference section in my own personal library. I hope you found something interesting. 🙂

    And, I’d really like to have a faster ouput myself, but any output is better than no output. You’re doing great as far as I’m concerned.

    I didn’t know about March’s meeting, but now that I do I’m really trying to get my but in gear. If I don’t make that deadline, I’m shooting to be finished by the first of July.

  4. relliott4 says:

    Good luck on that! You can do it. 🙂

    I found some killer sites–pun intended. One even lists by time and century which would be great for historical writers. I may post some of them.

  5. Kristen says:

    I agree that research generates new ideas. Which can be slightly dangerous when you’re trying to finish something and another set of characters starts knocking on the inside of your brain to be let out.

  6. Dana Pollard says:

    Now if you would have typed “fists and spurts” hahaha yeah, that would have been good. 🙂

  7. relliott4 says:

    There’s my Dana! ROFL!!!!!!!!

  8. Missy says:

    My writing is the same — I can go for several days churning out the words then my mind shuts down and I have to take a day or two to let things percolate. Research is often what kicks me back into gear.

  9. sniv says:

    Not everyone with a research site has done their research.

    I wish some of the undergrads would learn that. I don’t know how many times we tell them, “Wikipedia is NOT A SOURCE!” And they still cite it… *sigh* And then they ask why they got a D.

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