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From Concept to Shelves: Research Part 1 - Characters

Research will take the longest time to complete because, frankly, I don't think it ever does finish until the final draft is submitted for publishing.  Unfortunately I often find more that I could have used long after the final word has been written.

As I said, it never ends.

Once I reach the point where research can be done I break it down into the following;

Character research:  Backgrounds, education (including where & when), family backgrounds.  I get into each character's personality and ask questions that will control how they react in the story.Location research:  Where will the novel take place... what's the major "attractions", what's it known for?  Then, once the very basic encyclopedic knowledge is gleaned I start getting more in depth -- I use Google Streets, Google Map, etc.  I chat with people who live there.  Eventually I will even travel there, if its required, and live there for awhile to get a feel for the place as a local would.  For Col…

Belated - A Not so "Happy" Canada Day?

First things first - I am so sorry about this being a week late.  This was supposed to be last week's post but it turned into this week's post instead.

Wow, two major holidays in one week!

Up here in Canada we celebrated our Canada Day on Tuesday.  Unfortunately, this did not result in a longer weekend.  I still had to report to work on Monday.  It's a good thing I actually like where I work so this was not as depressing as it could have been if I did not.  No, unfortunately, I do not always work as a writer (soon...) and my regular day to day involves keeping a really busy construction office as organized as humanly possible.  A task I utterly fail at, if I'm honest.  I'm better than some but I can be frank and honest and say that I fall right in the average mark where it regards organization -- meaning I have to fight with it like everyone else.

I dread to think what my current boss would think of the portable, and somewhat tame, black hole I like to call my pers…