I still haven't started writing my first draft of Betwixt yet. Yes, feel free to roll your eyes. I've been talking about starting it for weeks. But the truth is, I HAVE been working on this project. I've just decided to spend some major time researching first.
Because we writers create our own worlds, I never thought too much research was necessary, but now I'm wondering if I was wrong.
The book, STORY, that I talk about all the time, is a big advocate of research and planning. Having read through my notes, yet again, I started getting really excited about the idea of thorough research and planning before getting started. I mean, I've always been a planner, but I would often start with a skeleton, then start writing and pack in things along the way. THIS time around, I'm really trying to lay some solid foundations before writing the first chapter.
So - what kind of research am I doing?
Well - I'm researching my main characters really thoroughly. I am creating back stories for them, learning about their habits, understanding the way they think and move and what drives them at the core... you know, the subconscious stuff that even they aren't aware of.
It's amazing. I am learning so much about these people and as I do it, more ideas keep popping into my head. My story line is getting shaped before even starting. As I discover things about these characters, I am coming up with new material. It's so cool!
What are your thoughts on pre-writing research?
Do you think it's necessary?