Monday, May 22, 2006

Just "Borrowing"

I was catching up on the Charis Connection blog (see links) when I came across a three-part interview with James Scott Bell on The Three Rules of Novel Writing. Under part 2, I came across this:

Some writers, like a James Michener, do a ton of research up front. Others, like Stephen King, wait until the first draft is done and then see what needs to be fleshed out.

I like a method in between. Enough research to write knowingly, then when I come to a place in my WIP that needs detail or depth, I'll leave a comment in my document and then pick a time to research it out more. I do this so I don't end up writing a long scene that is completely offbase.

I just thought that was an excellent suggestion. Thank you Mr. Bell, for sharing your little trick! If you don't already, check out the Charis Connection regularly - you'll be encouraged if you're a writer.


  1. Excellent point.

    I tend to research things to death, up front. But I never thought about letting a scene slide and moving on.

  2. I'm with Bell - some research now, the rest later. :)

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