- JJ: I wish I could write stuff that didn’t require 10 hours of research for two sentences. This is probably why it takes me so long to write anything.
- JJ: Why can’t I write something simple, fluffy, and contemporary?
- Wicked Cool Riley: Because even then you’d find something strange to research. Your protagonist would be a speed Rubix Cube solver or something, and you’d have to research exactly how to do that in minute detail. Researching is in your blood.
Ain’t that the truth.
Actually, two of my very good friends in high school once raced to solve the Rubix Cube onstage for a talent show. I have the best and nerdiest friends in the world. I figured out how to solve one face of the Rubix Cube, plus a row around said face, but never tried to solve it beyond that.
I’m a big fan of a lot of initial, world and context establishing research and then the “need to know” basis kind of research. I like worlds (fantastical, historical, futuristic, or contemporary) to have weight and significance, and I really do think in order to bring that to the page, a lot of research is necessary.
You know, except when it’s really a measure of procrastinating from writing the next bit of your book.
What about you? Do you writers research for your projects, historical, contemporary, or otherwise? Are you like me, where you use research as a method of procrastination? (I really did do about two hours of research for one tiny little throwaway joke line.)