Sunday, August 21, 2005

Does Research Sweep You Away?

I was working away on my MS today, and then I ran into a little snag. I needed a few more details and info for a scene to make sure it seemed real to the reader. I got on line and did some searches, then some more, finally began to find some bits of the info I was looking for, but it's never good enough for me.

So much searching, more info, more links to follow. I finally had to just yell, “Enough!” to myself.

Does research pull you in? It sure gets me unless I put a tight hold on my curiosity. (Smile) I guess we just have to remember that too many details in a scene can be as bad, or maybe even worse, than not enough of them.

3 comments:

Carol B. said...

Yes, absolutely. A little info, then you're fascinated with one aspect, read a little further, click on another link... and before you know it you've wasted WAY too much writing time.

Charlotte Dillon said...

Hi Carol. Nice to know I'm not the only one who gets lost in research land when I should be writing. (Smile)

Cheryl said...

I'm the complete opposite...:) Research makes me cross eyed -- I love surfing the net and knowing tidbits of this and that but serious research for my MS will frustrate me coz there is so much information....