I told you in my last post that while I'm stuck in my waiting room, I love to do a little research!
My favorite research for fiction writer's is reading. Seriously. When I want to write a paranormal book, I need to read those types of books. If I want to switch to fantasy, I need to read what has been written to see what actually works. Same thing goes with what age group you're targeting.
I've recently discovered that if I'm trying to write one and read the other, I can get so side tracked. New story ideas pop into my head and distract me from the one I'm writing.
My current WIP is a fantasy adventure with magical elements. I've never, ever revealed any of my titles on here, but since this one is lame and doesn't explain my book at all, I'll tell ya. For lack of trying to come up with a better title, I've called it TALENTS. Boring and so vague. I know. Oh well.
So, what have I been reading to get me in the correct mindset? Within the last couple of weeks, I've read and definitely recommend: Brightly Woven, Beauty, Sabriel, and Princess of Glass.
And to perfect my craft and hone in on my much needed writing skills, I've added Save the Cat to my short list of must-reads for writer's.
Elana Johnson suggested this one on her blog and I'm so glad I picked it up. Yes, it is for screenwriter's, but most of it can apply to writing novels. I mean, we all want the reader to be able to see the story in their minds, right?
In case you don't know what else is on my must-reads list, here's a refresher. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.
I have no doubt that list will grow in the future. In case you're wondering if I've read any other 'how to write novel' books, I have. And some I've just tried to read. Tried meaning, these ones say it better. Read them. Learn from them. Love them :)
So, what kind of research do you like to do?