|Rick Riordan: organized|
Which then, of course, is brilliant, funny, and makes your kid (who never wanted to read before) love both reading and Egyptian mythology.
I'm in the middle of writing a fantasy novel, so you might think research would be kind of minimal. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ha!
This is my style:
1) Write the first page with a setting loosely based on reality. Realize you have no plot because your setting sucks because you don't know enough, and also you don't really want to know about that place. Love the first page, though!
2) Pick a new setting on which to loosely base your story.
3) Scour the internet. Get distracted because there's so much interesting stuff! Even though it's only sort-of-but-not-quite on-topic! Print out a binder-full of pages. Go to the library. Realize you won't be returning your books by three-week deadline. Buy a bunch of books. Read like a fiend.
4) Go on a run. Epiphany! Writing explosion. Realize you need to research applicable names. Go online and print out fifty-pages-worth so you can pick as you go.
|Leo, the snake, |
representing Elena's style
of novel research
6) Go back online. Print out more pages. Buy more books. Some not exactly on topic. Read like a fiend. Realize the off-topic books are more on-topic than the on-topic ones. Realize you have to totally change up everything you've written.
7) Go on a bike ride. Have a plot epiphany and another writing explosion, petering out as you realize you need to read some more, scour the internet and then get back to writing.
8) Write, write write. Realize with a sigh that you really need to see your setting, even though the time period is several hundred years out, because you need to smell the air and feel the texture of it and see the birds and experience the bugs and the spread of the land and the look of the trees, and just stand on top of that historical site and meditate.
9) Plan a trip. Try to figure out how to fund it.
10) Write some more.
I call it the 10-Step-Plus plan for researching your novel, because step 10 is only the beginning.
Or we could call it the chaos-and-multiple-Big-Bangs-style research pattern. The why-again-do-you-think-I-have-ADHD? pattern. The pretty-much-opposite-Rick-Riordan-in-every-way pattern.
|Serpent eating Sun|
(Drawing of Serpent Mound in Ohio, actually, not Egypt)
How about you? What's your research style? Do you favor chaos, like me, or order, like Rick?
Who would you rather be?