Research, It’s All in the Details: The Three Day Novel Experiment

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Details are really important to me. I’ve interrupted writing sprees to research the little things, all to construct realistic scenes of places I’ve never seen, traditions I’ve never practiced, clothing and accessories I’ve never worn. Some people may think it’s a time waster, but I believe these details will help me create a believable world for my manuscript. Perhaps this may seem inconsequential in the big scheme of things, when we need to focus on dialogue, plot and character arc, not to mention writing a unique story that will appeal to agents, publishers and readers, but I still can’t help it. I love research.

I’m limiting my research to one day in preparation for The Three Day Novel Experiment. Okay, maybe one and a half days…or two. There’s so much interesting stuff out there!

What am I researching? Scientific matters, many things I’ve forgotten long ago. Google is my friend today, as are a few non-fiction books and PBS documentaries I’ve managed to borrow from the library.

I’m using this research to construct my setting, my new world, and all I can say is I’m having a blast. Next up, I’ll use these details to add life to my outline.

I’m already plotting…what about you?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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