Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I love researching either what I'm writing about, or comparing too. I love learning, and that goes hand-in-hand with writing. Most of my research consists of history, language, and geography. I get as lost in my research as I do in my writing. It's swimming in an eternal ocean. There is so much to learn, and as a writer, infinitely more to expand on. Writing stories set in this world is a fun exploration, a kind of Socratic journey. But it's magnified when an entirely new world is created either by sheer inspiration for something new, or a parallel to something real.

Often times my kids inspire me to make certain adjustments or add new elements to create a unique environment or character. Many of my characters are inspired by them, adding a 'new set of eyes' to the creative process for elaboration.

I've gained an insane amount of knowledge researching for my works, and it was well worth it. How much research is too much? To me, the answer is that there is 'no too much'.  What do you think?


  1. I love research. I spend a lot of time in museums, libraries, and on-line. I'm a devoted learner too. I haven't met a writer yet that doesn't like doing research. It's part of the enjoyment of writing, in my opinion.

  2. I agree completely. Writing would be inhibited without it, and some of the fun just wouldn't be there.

  3. Well said. You know how much I loved learning about Bratislava in my research about Slovakia. I believe you, however, are much more in depth in your research.
    My newest project's research is another story. I can't wait to talk with you about it! I'm really excited about this story idea. Hopefully I'll catch you earlier this time.
    Happy writing! ~ Nadja

  4. I would love to help you in any way that I could with your research. I can tell by your tone that it's a 'eureka!' and I can't wait to here and read more about it!