3 comments on “My first stumbling block

  1. OK so I’ve just caught up on your Camp Blog, and I’m wondering if this stumbling block comes from the research or lack thereof? You mentioned a few days ago that your research will potentially change the story in some way this coming winter. I would have thought that research was either done before one started writing or was an ongoing affair.

    Now I may have misread those previous entries, but I remember thinking, “Huh?? Wha- But why hasn’t he done the research already?”

    Just my two cents. And don’t forget. I’m a travel agent, not a writer… 🙂

    • It’s a little bit from column A a little bit from column B. I don’t know that research would help my plot.

      It might give me more ideas, but at this point it doesn’t quite matter if I fudge the details a bit. I mean, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t follow Celtic mythology to the letter or get the details of a Rakhasa slightly wrong. Essentially, it’s my world, my rules 🙂

      The research wasn’t really done simply because research takes a long time. It’s a lot of reading and I decided to do this barely one week before Camp NaNoWriMo went live. It’s part of that whole crazy thing.

      That week was enough, I thought, to get the bones of the story down and some notes and that I’d know enough of where I’m going to get through at least the first month.

      I was wrong. The good news is that I have time to fix it.

      Research COULD help, but it won’t be essential to do what I need to do. What I need to do is get the story straight.

      Stay tuned for my brainstorming post later today. I’ll write about what I’m doing, what’s going through my head and what I’m trying to answer. Should be fun. When I do that, the answers tend to come to me as I write it out, it helps and I’m hoping it’ll give a window into what sort of problems someone can run into when writing out a story.

  2. Good job for noticing it in time! That’s fantastic! I don’t usually notice mine in time, but what I do (i.e. my solution) is just to keep writing and see what comes up. It’s horrid for revision, but works for NaNo.

    I’ve also learned that while I almost always *think* I need more ideas for plot, what I almost always need is better detail for character and setting. Especially character. I have also found that I’m really good at throwing in conflict, but that conflict isn’t always crucial to the plot and it’s almost always solved too quickly.

    I look forward to reading your brainstorming post!

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