Some of you may or may not know I am writing about things of I which I have little knowledge. This means that I am perpetually doing research, and I wouldn’t have it any other way – I am learning about all kinds of things, not just about writing!
When I need to look a small fact up, sometimes I find myself rushing back and forth from desktop to laptop (I do not connect to the Internet when I write) and googling things like: history of billiards, when were the first telephone lines installed in Canada, what did the first automobile look like, on what date was the Archduke of Austria assassinated leading to WW1.
Other times, when I dare not interrupt my flow I insert a footnote, and I scribble something hopefully legible on a post-it and tack it to my laptop.
Then there is the research that requires more heft. Sigmund Freud’s published essays. Treatment of clinical depression late 1800. Midwifery late 1800. Arms trading at the onset of WW1. For this purpose I have a notebook that I keep next to me where I chicken scratch all of these topics. (and where I jot all my ideas down pertaining to my book. I then have to sift through each page. I need to acquire at least one more notebook, yet I feel silly designating more than one notebook at a timer per novel.)
Part of me feels that I have to get more organized, so that I can fill in the blanks more efficiently, yet as I write this post, I realize there is a method to my madness.
When do you do your research?
(the ‘green’ notebook is ecojot.com – I have no affiliation with them, other than trying my best to be earth friendly!)
Oh, and I should note that I have not yet done any research prior to beginning a piece. Maybe because I would then realize just how much I do not know and it would become overly daunting.
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