Sunday, August 4, 2013

Reading and researching.

While I'm taking it easy this month, I have a lot of reading research to finish up for my next novel. Since this novel involves approximately a bajillion subjects I know nothing about -- farming, sailing, genealogy, Afghanistan, amputees, and interfaith marriages -- I am making excellent use of a color-coded filing system given to me by my research Jedi master, novelist and memoirist Beth Kephart. I don't know if her new book about memoir, Handling The Truth, covers her crackajack organizational skills or not, but I'm sure looking forward to its debut this week.

4 comments:

Beth Kephart said...

Yo, Simmons. Aren't those color-coded thingees jewels, though. I figured I'd save the organizational skills part for another book—and another lifetime.

Thank you.

To our outting later today. If you have a farm you want me to drive you to, I'm all yours. Just bring your GPS.

kelly said...

Could you drive me to Wisconsin? Because I crazily set the damn book in Wisconsin, just to make it more difficult.

Mark said...

It's very tempting to do way too much research - especially if like me you write historic fiction. If you do though there are some really good resources out there such as the Internet Archive. I just did a blog post on how to use the Internet Research to get hold of hard to find out of copyright material for free, see http://marklord.info/2013/10/02/using-archive-org-to-research-your-novel/

You can get PDFs of old books and primary source material such as historic chronicles and other documents. The Internet Archive is a really good resource - I recommend taking a look.

Mark said...

It's very tempting to do way too much research - especially if like me you write historic fiction. If you do though there are some really good resources out there such as the Internet Archive. I just did a blog post on how to use the Internet Research to get hold of hard to find out of copyright material for free, see http://marklord.info/2013/10/02/using-archive-org-to-research-your-novel/

You can get PDFs of old books and primary source material such as historic chronicles and other documents. The Internet Archive is a really good resource - I recommend taking a look.