What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “research?”
“I thought I left that all behind when I graduated.”
“Do I have to?”
There are a few anomalous individuals who relish the thought of research, but, let’s face it, most of us don’t enjoy it. For me, it depends on what I’m researching. If it’s about weapons or animals I’m usually very interested and enthusiastic, but many other subjects seem like a tedious way to spend my afternoon.
Some of you might be wondering, “Why do you have to do research, Kat? You write fantasy! You just make everything up! That doesn’t require research.”
Where do you like to write? What kind of place is the best to get work done, to focus your thoughts on writing? What kind of environment do you need to write? And do you have that space already or are there improvements you’d like to make to the one you’ve got?
All writers have special places they like to go and write. Some like coffee shops and cafes with the background noise of other people while some prefer to hide at a desk in their attic or basement. Me, I’ve always been a fan of sitting alone at a computer in a homey office.
Welcome to the New Year! I hope everyone had a very fun (and safe) holiday; I know I did. I’m particularly excited about 2012 because it’s the Year of the Dragon, and, being a Dragon, I’m supposed to have a lot of good luck! Here’s hoping….
And now we return you to your regularly scheduled writing rant. (Writer’s Rant. I like that!)
Today’s topic is editing and editors. Editors get a bad rap. I have a book of quotations for writers and all of the quotes that deal with editors are negative. As an editor myself, that makes me sad and a trifle defensive. Editors are portrayed as butchers who callously rip the heartfelt masterpiece of the artist to shreds without any regard for the heart and soul of the story or the feelings of its creator.
To an extent, they are right.