Because I am a mad scientist writer with my hand in several pots all at the same time, I need to be organized. Really freaking organized.
This house, specifically, has called to my baser self for over a year. What does that have to do with writing? Everything.
Be a writer, they said. It will be easy, they said.
I do not have a half-naked Greek Goddess of muse and creativity lying across my bed. Inspiration doesn’t work like that.
If you follow write what you know literally, you are going to severely limit yourself as a writer.
I used to think I could research my books as I went. I used to delve into plot and character development and setting and think ‘I’ll get to that later’. I used to believe that research was secondary to the fundamentals of writing a story.
I used to be very, very wrong.
Every writer has their own style and approach to a story. Some research first, others outline and plan, and some dive right in with nothing more than a name and a vague idea for where their novel might end up. As you can probably guess, I’m not one of those people.