Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #167

Rita Gerlach, over at InSpire, posted an article on making research "one of the most enjoyable aspects of your writing life." I hope you'll check it out.

Is research fun or drudgery to you? Do you hunt down facts like an amateur sleuth or stretch them? How do you make this part of writing exciting?


10 comments:

Marja said...

Nice blog! When writing historical novels, the hunting for facts must be the fun part :) It's like building a mental picture before translating it into words.
Thanks for this round-up Susan, enjoy your weekend.

jean Fischer said...

I'm blessed to live within a few miles of an amazing Civil War museum. Watch for period re-enactments, too. Our historical society sponsors an annual re-enactment of life in the former Northwest Territory from 1670 to 1830. Focus is on fur-trappers!

Have a great weekend, Susan.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the link, Susan. Sometimes I enjoy research, but am usually anxious to get writing. I procrastinate more when I must do research first.

Happy weekend,
Karen

Chatty Crone said...

I love research!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

I like that: "It's like building a mental picture before translating it into words."

Like you, I enjoy research. My difficulty is knowing when I have enough and what to use.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Oh, that re-enactment sounds interesting! I love going to historical sites.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

As you know from our book, it pays to get the facts right before you dig into the actual writing. It saves a lot of backtracking and editing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Chatty -

Aww, a gal after my own heart!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I love doing research. I've gone to small rodeos, fished the Snake River, and went on a cattle drive all for the sake of research. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathi -

Ooo, you're brave! While I've visited the area where my first book is set, I avoid anything that might result in broken bones. :)

Blessings,
Susan