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NaNoWriMo – Day 19

November 19, 2010

Words today: 1,250
Total Words: 43,822

Conventional wisdom says, ‘write what you know.’ Today has been one of those days where I have been writing about what I didn’t know. Consequently a major part of the day was taken up in research. Which brought to mind a thought about how fortunate we are to be writing at a time when research involves two clicks and a little typing in Google, as opposed to throwing on a jacket, driving to the library, and spending a day or two poking through books and taking detailed notes.

I thought about Michael Crichton. That man could research like no other and he did it at a time when you had to go to the library. He wrote The Andromeda Strain in 1969 and went to great lengths to create false documentation to support his work. To quote Spock…”Fascinating!”

Although the word count is down, the day was very productive. The muddy middle of this work will be more cohesive for my research. It’s all about making the fiction real.

“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” ~ Michael Crighton

One Comment
  1. Diane permalink
    November 20, 2010 12:49 pm

    I LOVE “real” fiction so I appreciate you doing the research.

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