I used to love doing research. In school, I loved assignments that required research. Friends and family know I’m a research fanatic. I’ve researched canine nutrition, electronics, demons, ghosts, various animals, computer security, eco-friendly cleaning products, and of course, agents to name just a few things.
So, when it came time to research architectural styles of homes in the mid 1700’s in order to get facts straight about a house in yet-to-be-started manuscript, I was excited. After all, it wasn’t the first time I’d ever done research on architecture for a book. It’s been nearly a week, and I thought I’d be well past house research by now. I had planned on starting the outline on characters at this point. Instead, I’m still wrapping up a few things on the setting. After hours of research, I’ve had to change when the house in my book was built to reflect how I envision the house. I’ve had to move where the story takes place – an extra twenty-some miles outside the original town.
But, finally, it’s all coming together. The Devil is in the details, or so they say. It’s important that the setting for this book be just right. Now, I just hope the rest of the outline doesn’t give me as much of a problem. I’ve been through enough hair pulling and gnashing of teeth to swear off research for a long, long time.
Have you ever wondered what you’d gotten yourself into when doing research for a book?
P.S. This week would have marked Agatha Christie’s 120th birthday. In her honor, I’ve chosen one of her quotes for my Quote of the Moment.