Saturday, February 25, 2012

Being a Writer Isn't Only About Writing

Sometimes it amazes me how much time I spend doing things related to my writing that don't actually involve writing.  I spent a good portion of yesterday looking at maps to get a good idea of the geography of the specific location my main character was in.  I used Google maps to create an underground railroad of sorts for refugees.  I also looked up agricultural reports so I would know what kinds of food would be available for the people in this new novel to sustain themselves with.  This also includes research on weather patterns.

Granted, I wrote a lot of notes while doing this research, and in the end I even hammered out a few paragraphs afterwards.

My husband saw what I was doing and said, "I thought you were supposed to be writing."

Well, yes.  I kind of was.  Maybe it doesn't make sense to some people, but writing isn't only putting words to paper.  There's an entire process that goes along with it.


  1. The same could be said about my artwork. I spend a lot of time looking at other works and researching techniques and Shane wonders why I'm not doodling or painting. Like putting on a play, there's a whole lot more to it than what is seen on stage.

  2. By the way, here's the link to my blog if you feel like checking up on what's happening in my world. :)

    You *should* hopefully be able to see it. I have it to where it's private besides the people I choose so let me know if it's not working.

  3. It says I need an invitation specifically. If you send me another one, hopefully my computer won't go spastic this time. I swear, technology sees me and gives up on life. That's one of the reasons why it's good to be married to Jamon, though he never seems to understand how I have so many issues.