Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Bane of My Existence

Insecure Writer's Support Group is a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh where totally insecure writers can get together and share the things that are making us go argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May's question is:  What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

I think I’ve complained on here a number of times about how much I dislike research. It’s number two on my list of things I hate about being a writer after editing. Sadly, much like editing, research is unavoidable. Which is why I try and write what I know as much as I can! Most of my characters so far have been gardeners/florist/horticulturalists. For my novel Poison which has its base in genetically modified organisms, I watched a lot of documentaries just to get a bit of a big picture idea of who the key players are. If you haven’t seen Food Inc. I really recommend it. I don’t know if I would class it as cool but all the things Monsanto do to our food supply is eye opening.

I’m going to be starting an urban fantasy series soon that’s going to require a lot of research. Though I’m not exactly looking forward to it, I’m hoping the copious amounts of research that I do early on will mean writing will be a breeze. Only time will tell! 


  1. Oh yeah, research isn't your favorite thing, right? I almost forgot about that. I love doing research just after editing. I swear we are polar opposite writers! Hopefully, the research for the UF series will be easy.

  2. I enjoy research--editing, not so much, especially when I'm told to cut something I really like. Food research sounds interesting. Maybe if I read all the bad things that can happen to it, I'll be able to stick to a diet.

  3. Honestly, I think research is one of the best parts of the job--learning all this strange, new information for the purpose of expanding others' minds? It's an honor and a privilege. Granted, I didn't do as much research before writing in a historical setting, but I think it's addictive. The more you do, the more you love it.

  4. Try it, you'll like it! Well, maybe not but you will learn to endure. When I started out, you had to do that stuff in an actual library with hand written notes. Now, with the Internet, I feel guilty complaining.

  5. I've seen Food Inc. and it was very eye-opening.

  6. I can't stand research either. I preferred making up my own rules etc. doesn't work that well though.

    1. Jenny, you and I are hilariously the same when it comes to opinions on book and what to do to write your own!

  7. Upfront research can definitely make writing easier, but you'll likely still find questions along the way you need answers to! Hopefully you can find what you need online after that initial research.


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