RESEARCH? YES. NO.

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Yes, I believe we all do research to a certain point. We need to know the place where our story takes place and the surrounding area. Or do we?
As creative writers, we create, and in fiction we can make our characters our own. But does everything have to be accurate? Our creativity can come alive in a make-believe place. This is the place where our characters will live, love, argue, be torn apart by some event, meet again from our  own creative thoughts.
I enjoy making up my village, town or city.  I can name the streets whatever seems right to me and my characters. It can be in the mountains, by the ocean, a hot desert feel, and the stores are from creative imagination. It is like making a blueprint for your surroundings.
Sometimes, making up the place the characters become alive. Not the cookie-cutter characters. It is like you are giving them freedom to be who they are. Soon they realize this and watch out. Their actions and spontaneity are off the page. They like being unleashed.
They are in a new place, meeting new and different people, and they love the independence you give them. As a writer, you create emotions and your characters show your fingers which keys to hit. Go with them and see your story take twists and turns. The writer has an idea of who, what, when, and where the story/novel should go. When it takes off on another path, our characters run with the story and it is hard to keep the fingers moving so fast over the keys. (Don’t worry. You can edit later.) Let them have free rein to romp, run, and roam. Your story has changed because of the freedom you are giving your characters. You are writing fiction.
On the other side, Non-Fiction research is necessary and important. You need to know all the facts you can, and still give the characters a chance to show themselves as real people in a period unfamiliar to others.
HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY CREATING.  HAPPY CHARACTERS.
                                            HAPPY YOU.

 

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WITHDRAWL SYMPTOMS

99440ac3-d93e-450b-a356-69420d72c9e5My last post was the end of January and now I can see Valentine’s Day everywhere. My computer gave me a long sigh. I rushed her, yes, I do give names to my toys, and after an extensive diagnosis, the results came back. Did I like them. NO. Then I remembered she gave me almost nine years of constant response. Maybe the time came for me to let her rest and be at peace for all the joy she gave me. So, the tech suggested we look for a comparable to her, or if not, one I could work with. I found one I thought might work.

Now, I am frightened. Lennie wants to give me Windows 8; Acer gave me Vista, which I know forwards and backwards. Lennie offers Office 2013, and I’m used to Acer’s one click.

Okay. I’m an old-fashioned girl and comfortable with what I know. Look at this another way:  I have a car, Subie, who turns 20 this year. Do you thinek I’d let her alone in my city? No way. She and I will be together until, the mechanic says the dreaded words – we need to put her down. At this time, you will hear a loud scream, cry, tears, and then redemption and a saving grace to her.

I finally got a cell phone. My son made this a prerequisite for his calling. His words, “You cannot be without immediate connection driving to and from wherever you go” I use this for emergencies. Then when I needed to contact someone; I’d forgotten to re-charge the batteries.

No, I’m not confused. No, I’,m not opposed to new and interesting avenues of life. No, I am not a recluse or an alarmist. I just like to be comfortable around what I have and the people I know.  Then, I look around and see what all is available to me and thankful for my ability to adjust. Hard. Darn right. Then, I see this an an opportunity to adjust, apply myself, ask questions, get answers, check on line, and if all else fails, go back to my computer tech.

Every day I have fitness classes and try to get people to see new ways to handle their lives. Wow, what an insight I have to myself. Yes, my new computer, Lennie, will take a lot of my time, and yours, as I manipulate myself into the FUTURE.

Let us all remember the old, learn the new, embrace the future, and be part of life in every direction we want to go. I feel the warmth of arms around me as I make my way into this new venture of my life. Hang tight. We will get there.

Any comments are welcome, and I’d love to hear if you personalize your “things” for your lives/