Saturday, December 6, 2008

Traveling and Research

Well, I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. To all of you who continue to write comments, thanks. I definitely haven't given up on the blog, in fact, soon I'll have a whole new bunch of posting ideas for us to discuss.

As far as the novel goes, I'm on track to finish the revision by my deadline of 12/31. I have one more minor change to make then truthfully, just the final read through. Soon it will go back to my agent.

Which brings us to the new and exciting stuff and why I've been gone so long. You've all heard the adage "write what you know." Well, in truth, the adage should be "write what you can learn about." We can't all write about what we know and make it interesting, but we can all do research and bring new and interesting ideas and information into our lives and writing. To that end, I intend to do several posts coming up on research, how, where, when and why.

As for me and why it's been so long between posts? I've been doing my own research, in Istanbul. My next medical thriller will take my hero there so I went away for a few weeks to live in the City and gather the vibe. Details, sights, sounds, smells, sensations. People, places, foods, drinks. Tourists and locals. I have detailed notes and images to lend veracity to the next novel.

That one, we'll write together.


Angel said...

Aha!...Research...-that will be valuable info for my second novel which is set between 1st and 2nd world wars in Glastonbury, Somerset. To this end I've already visited Glastonbury 3 times...not quite as cosmopolitan as IstanbuL!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and successful 2009!


Todd D. Severin said...

Oh, great time to write a novel and a great location! You'll have a blast researching that!

Istanbul was amazing, I learned a lot and I'm getting fired up to write again.

Happy New year