Ã My plot is a BREAKDOWN OF SCENES.
Ã I color-coded the scenes by character.
Ã I work with through the Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, and the assignments lead to information about character (which I put in the character file) and plot points (plot file).
Ã THEN I research the information I’ll need for of plot and characters.
Ã I check important dates/events.
Ã I research specifics that will be in my scenes.
The details for the scenes that I research are:
Ã Who does what?
Ã Who goes where?
As you can tell the “factual research” usually happens later in the process. It’s important for me to get a general overview of the time in history, but the more novels I write the more I’ve disciplined myself to focus on exactly what I need for each scene. It helps me to focus where the information is needed the most. It saves time. And it saves me from running away on rabbit trails.
Used books. (The closer to the time period I’m writing about the better!)
I do look for information on the Internet, but I’d rather have an old, musty book in my hand.
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