Researching a new book

Manuscript update: 812 words so far today, including scraping what I did yesterday because it… well… sucked, and redoing it. πŸ™‚

So, I’m starting my new book, and I’ve got the basic idea, the character, the rough layout and the ending. With all that in mind, I jumped in. Eight hundred words in, I started my research.

I know some writers do a lot of research before they begin writing. I’ve heard many people recommend that. But for me, I tend to research as I go, when I feel I need it.

When do you research, all up front or as you write?

Write On!

2 Responses

  1. I do a little research before I start, but I’m way to impatient to do too much before jumping right in. Besides, I don’t usually know what I need to research before sitting down to write.

  2. Yeah, that’s me too, Beverley. I want to jump in and start, and then I figure out what I need as I go. Whenever I hit a part when I’m not sure of my direction, I go back to research and it clears up everything for me.

What do you think?