Thursday, March 26, 2009

Researching My Own Work? Yeah...

Today is going to be a research day for me. Research probably isn't the best word, but I'm running with it. I wonder how authors keep track of all the information they have used when they're writing a series. I've been stopped in my writing over the last couple of days because I have to go back and read sections of my first novel to remember what exactly I'd written about a few later scenes before I can move on with the prequel and I just haven't had time to do that. I really need to get organized. Any suggestions on this point would be appreciated! One of my pet peeves is inconstancy and I certainly don't want to be accused of it! I've worked very hard on the time line of my world and it's something I'm a bit proud of. Now to just get the rest of the facts straight. I think my biggest problem is that I love a good complicated story. I know, crazy. Most people like it simple, but I loved trying to keep up with Jordan's Wheel of Time. I loved all the characters, plots and subplots and, admittedly, I have a lot of characters. The plot isn't as complex as his however. I love how Mary Higgins Clark goes back and forth between characters and that's what I've done. I don't mind books that follow just one character all the way through. I'm definitely not picky in that regard, but I like a little chaos... (Maybe that's why I had kids!) So research is on the schedule today. Does it count as research when it's something you've written? Hahaha!


  1. Great blog, Janyece. Thanks for the link! I am constantly consulting my first novel now that I am writing a sequel. I can't remember how characters names are spelled, etc., etc. In one writing book I read by Orson Scott Card, he suggested keeping a "bible," a notebook to write down all the decisions you make about the story just to keep track of it. I haven't tried it myself, but I might have to now that I am novel-writing in earnest. Short stories don't require remembering quite as much. I found a lot of inconsistencies when I revised my first novel.

  2. My mom found out that Part 1 of the last Wheel of Time book is coming out Nov. 3rd. Yes, I said Part 1. Guess Brandon Sanderson discovered that Jordan's complexity couldn't be wrapped up in one book. Somehow I'm not surprised!

  3. Yay, Jan! A writing blog! That's so awesome!

    I second your own notebook bible. I have to do that with the Ray series. Everybody's eye colors kept changing, for example.

  4. Sade and Angie, thanks for the bible notebook idea. It got me thinking. Right now, I keep all my info in a notepad file, which is like the notebook only digital and it take a bit of time to flip through it and find what I'm looking for. I'm thinking database! I'll let you know how that works out...

    Harmony, that doesn't surprise me at all either!


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