Know Thyself Challenge Day 11; Research Time

I do hope you can all participate and answer today’s challenge question. It’s quite an interesting one – interesting it’s a topic that is very close to my heart! The question today is:

How much of your writing time is purely research?

I LOVE research. I’m a natural-born researcher. I could spend an entire night researching…

What about you? How much time of your time is dedicated to research?

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About Virginia

Writer, reader, crossword puzzler and conspiracy theorist.

12 Responses to “Know Thyself Challenge Day 11; Research Time”

  1. Hm, I also love researching, but mostly academically. When it comes to writing, I surprise myself by being a completely different person, I only really love to create, but that being said, I also thing research plays a massively significant role in writing, so it must be done. I usually write mysteries, so getting to know the police system well enough is really important.

    A fair amount of my writing time goes to researching, but just enough to get everything I need, not more (unless I’m looking at psychology, then I get a bit carried away!)

    ~ JLT


    • Its so easy to get carried away with a topic you’re enjoying, and I’ve recently had to start researching psychology and mental disorders. It’s very very interesting. 🙂


  2. While most of my time is spent in “pondering,” a lot of it is spent on researching that which I am pondering. Mostly, for me, it is about the meaning of words and how that impacts our perception and understanding of concepts….Enough pondering!


  3. I’m not a big fan of researching, but I recognise its importance. The novel I’m working on is called From the Sky (as some of you know – 10000 word sample here – When a UFO goes over a town in Northern California called Camberway, there is a birdstorm – thousands of dead birds drop from the sky. So, when one of them crashes into a person, I needed to know what type of bird that would be. I had a certain size bird in mind, but researching it meant going through lists of birds to compare their sizes, and then checking migration patterns!!

    I feel like I’m losing writing time when I’m researching, but I learn loads of interesting stuff and it can be fascinating. If I spend too long researching though I feel guilty, because internally I’m accusing myself of procrastinating! I’ll have to do lots of research though for the rest of the novel. I’ve written 25,000 words of it now, but the rest of involves a pilgrimage through California, along trails, up mountains – heading towards Nevada. Seeing as I’ve never been and live thousands of miles away, I’ve got to read a lot to make sure I get it right!

    Wish me luck!


    • I do wish you every bit of luck! It must be so time consuming researching all that – given that you live on the other side of world! I vetoed my WIP’s setting of NYC purely because it would just take too much time to research. It does get in the way of writing – I’m testament to that!


  4. Depends on what I am writing. For example right now I am doing a historical Steampunk and I do research locations and things like ‘is that bridge there in the 1870s’, what about that town? So, maybe 10% is devoted to actual research. With straight out Fantasy or Science Fiction, I tend to hit 1, maybe 2% of my time is research. Though there are exceptions like a recent longish short story, I spent something like 5% of the time researching terms and background information. I try to get away with as little as possible. I work under the presumption that I am creating fiction and I do not usually worry about researching every last possible detail.


    • Hmmm its a tricky one isn’t it. I’m a perfectionist so have a lot of trouble letting the minor details go. Google maps is my best friend! Research is great but it gets in the way of imagination and creative license!


  5. At the moment, not much lol.

    There are a few things in my WIP that need clarification, but I’m avoiding sorting them out, and I don’t know why lol. I think it’s because I actually have to go and speak to people * gulp* and I’m not sure exactly how that works.



    • Ooh I know how you feel! I did a post a while back about that – my main concern with asking ‘real’ people – especially professionals – is that I fear I am wasting their time. And would they take me seriously as I am not a published writer? It’s so easy to google everything….talking to actual humans? Shudder!!! It’s very daunting isnt it. 🙂


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