Don't Fall in Love With Your Research

In the monthly Glimmer Train bulletin, you’ll find some fabulous advice from working writers. Here’s a bit of what novelist Eric Wasserman had to say about research (Eric pictured above):

Fiction writers can easily write themselves into a corner. For the writer of the researched story it almost inevitably happens when the details cease to be attached to characters, particularly when writing historical fiction, which is what I have been engaged in for a number of years. My manuscript reached over 1,000 pages at one point. Of the 450 pages I cut, the majority were sections where I had fallen in love with my research.

Also read J.P. Lacrampe on Humor in Fiction.

And more juicy advice, all free, in Bulletin 33 from Glimmer Train.

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  1. Kaye Dacus

    It’s interesting to see this today, after I immersed myself in research books last night to try to get my head into the world of my historical series so that I can knock out the last 70k words in the next three weeks.

    I actually have had reviews on the first book in the series that said I didn’t include *enough* historical detail—after I very carefully culled through the manuscript multiple times to make sure I wasn’t giving any information that wasn’t necessary to the plot. (Of course, that was after the first draft ended up at about 130,000 words—on a 105k-length contract—because of too much detail.) ::sigh:: Can’t please everybody.