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Friday, July 24, 2015

Too Busy Researching To Write

Without giving away the plot of what must be the next bestseller, I really must ponder the fine line between wasting time and honest-to-goodness research. In the last three days, I must have spent at least 10 hours trying to find out where the nearest railroad lines were to a spot I’ve picked on the map.  Of course, this is not a contemporary novella, and it takes place in the west where railway systems popped up and died out by the dozens each decade.
When it comes down to it, it’s all backstory, with references that may come up as a sentence here… or there.  Does that mean I’m a slave to authenticity? No. Because I will likely have to blur those lines anyway. So what was the point?  I mean, I’ve MADE UP the story, so I CAN change it, right?
And I haven’t even written 95% of it yet, so why are such details so important?
I don’t know.
Well, maybe I do. It did keep me from actually having to write. 

I love to write, or 'to have written', and once I get going, I certainly can get obsessive about a story. I've NaNoWriMo'd 50k, and blown through 70k in 3 weeks  (love being in the zone).

I'd worry, if I'd never heard of Postponing Syndrome among my writing peers.  But I'm not alone!!

We all find ways to procrastinate, even for things we enjoy.  What do you put off? 


  1. Ah, research . . . the great time suck. I know just what you mean. Like you, I've spent hours and hours and days looking up (or just verifying) one bit of information that I need for a throwaway most readers will just buzz past without thinking.

    And then, during research, it's so easy to get distracted. I just-- OOOOH, SHINY!

    1. I knew I wasn't the only one! tee hee.

  2. I've been researching details on a specific ship that sailed in the 1850's. I still have 2 inter-library loan books to go through before I take them back (I've turned in 3). And I was cruelly disappointed when I couldn't get the one I really wanted. (Rare book and the only copy within 1000 of my house is at the Library of Congress.)

    Thing is, the ship is at the bottom of the ocean, and some of the details I've read (such as the sleeping arrangements in steerage) conflict, so it's not like anyone is going to be giving me 1-star reviews for what I've done wrong. But it's a compulsion to get it as accurate as possible...

    1. I agree. I think for me, it's partly because I am such a visual writer/reader that any details I can envision help me navigate the setting. Might as well go with the real thing when possible.

  3. Two days looking up medical treatment for scarlet fever in the 1920s. And then ended up taking that out entirely. Sigh. At least I'm in good company!!!