Done today: research
Revision remaining: 46,313 words (entire book)
Daily words needed to be finished by end of November: 842
I started my revision today, but only got as far as researching.
Research is a very necessary part of the writing process — guru Robert McKee says research is the key to overcoming writers block — and research is useful at all times. Anytime you’re not sure about something, research it until you’re comfortable.
But this morning, as I was researching a certain aspect of the book, I started questioning myself. Which way should I go? Should it be option a), option b)? Is it necessary at all? Does it add to the story? If so, how?
It was enough to drive me nuts.
I think the reason I’m questioning myself is because I’ve been away from the story for a few weeks. It was a good break, giving me a distance that will help me be more objective in my revision, but it also has allowed those nasty doubts to wriggle their way into my head.
Maybe I should get back into the story with some text revision then go back to the research I have to do.
Anyone else battling this right now?