Friday, February 29, 2008

The necessary evil of research

How I hate research. I mean I like it in itself but oh how I hate what it does to the writing process. I've just spent most of this morning on the internet turning into a train nerd and researching how modern trains work - all for one small section of the short story I'm writing. And I found out what I needed to and was armed to carry on with the story - and I couldn't! Because of course you need a different kind of thinking: you need to let the research sink back away into your less conscious brain, and wait for the story to reassert itself with the new information attached in the ways that suit it best.

Grr. May as well give up and go and get lunch.

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