Saturday, June 12, 2010
First Lines and Research
I know I've blogged about these topics before, but here I am again . . .
I wrote my first lines for my new manuscript this afternoon. They're down. Until they aren't. But right now, I like 'em. They're a bit dark. A bit gloomy. A bit on the horror side of suspense.
The urge to write more because of my first lines bodes well that a reader will have the urge to read more. I'm happy.
But I've come to a screeching halt because I know I need to get some more research under my belt. It's important that I know the subjects involved in my scene not so I can regurgitate facts in an information dump, but so I can flavor my scene with authenticity. And that means I need to know A LOT, not just a little.
This story is calling out for me to write it. And man, I'm tempted just to go and go and go. But this story is also calling out for me to get it right. So for the rest of the afternoon, and maybe weekend, I'm sinking my teeth into research.
How do you do your research? At the end, like Stephen King? As you go? Or do you get a good deal done before you begin?
Oh, and . . . do you like the new look to the blog? I'm thinking one thing it clearly says is that the spines of books are spaces meant to be used. Kind of like Nate designing a minuscule apartment. Plan well, and wonderful things can be accomplished in a limited space.
CR: On Edge by Barbara Fister.
It's all better with friends.