Anyone else have this issue? I wonder if it’s historical fiction specific issue or applies to other genres too.

I now have research books for at least 2 future books that I haven’t even begun to write yet 🙈.


10 thoughts on “Research

  1. I used to do the same thing, KL, until I figured out two things. 1) It was a subconscious ploy on my part as a means to procrastinate actually starting my book and 2) No disparagement intended, but I find these books generally hinder my writing.

    Perhaps for the brand new, inexperienced writer, they ‘may’ provide some guidance, but I found myself trying to do what I do ‘their’ way instead of my way. You can always shelve them and use them as reference books if you get stuck or unsure about something specific. 😊

    1. I think that’s partly what they are, a comfort blanket for me to refer back to when needed or my way of convincing myself it’s productive procrastination – haha.

  2. I don’t buy books for research. If I need to research, I use the library if it involves a book, and Wikipedia and other online sources for facts, technology developments, and stuff like that. Actually, most of my recent research has been on the NASA site 😉

    1. I do use a few online resources too, we do have a great library in town which we visit often but I do find I struggle to get the resources I need for particular areas, or on particular people.
      I bet the NASA website is really interesting though. KL ❤

  3. I tend to write and research later. The one story where I tried to research first remains incomplete in my desk

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