I don't wanna do it. And this thread is here basically to piss and moan while I do it. You can join in too!
Yeah, I get bored with it. And the problem here is that I am doing research in a field that I am confident in doing research. But it's a whole different area and it's basically me doing work work not writing work. And I lack motivation to do it. Kill me.Research, ew. I know the feeling. Today I decided to write a sequence set in Massachusetts around the time of the Salem witch trials, despite the fact that I know close to nothing about 17th century Massachusetts. Took a crash course on Puritan society with the help of google and jstor and I'm now feeling (slightly) more confident.
Ugh, hear ya. I have to do a lot of research for my novels, too. Eras I love and whatnot, but still a pain when I rather be writing or playing Fallout. J/s.I don't wanna do it. And this thread is here basically to piss and moan while I do it. You can join in too!
I mean this specific bit of research I have to do. I am looking up criminal laws in various states trying to figure out which state will be the "closest call" I wanted to pick Utah, but their damn insanity laws suck. And I have to do this legal research without the benefit of using Westlaw, which suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks because I don't have all the fancy bells and whistles to make my life easy like I have at my job job. In short, my hobby is requiring to do work-work and I don't like it.When you say you don't like research, what exactly do you mean by research? Is it constructing search strategies? Is it the actual reading? Is it extracting relevant information and recording it? Is it making the leap from the found information to planning and writing? Can you give an example?
Waaaaaaaay back in high school, I developed the habit of not doing my reading assignments for non-English non-reading courses, and hardly ever did homework before about 15 minutes prior to when I had to hand it in, and never studied for tests. I didn't need to, really; I picked up almost everything I needed through lectures, or else could work out the problem or issues on-the-spot.
This has basically continued to the present day. I hate having to do research. However, I do love reading in topics that interest me naturally, so I pick up a lot as I go along. Favorite topics are science-related, but these can span from astronomy to archaeology and anthropology. Sociology, psychology (to a lesser extent) and history also interest me, so I read for recreation in those topics.
There are times I think that my primary interest in secondary-world fantasy is simply the fact that I don't have to do much authentic research for it. If I were to write any book set in the contemporary world or historical Earth periods—or else, were to attempt writing hard science fiction—I'd be forced to research many more things.