Research that Serves the Story
In my last post, I illustrated three places in my recent novel, Song of Herself, where research served the story well. Without it, there would not have been sufficient particulars to give credibility to the characters.
As writers, we must search for and offer just enough details to render the character believable, but not so much that it bogs down the pace of the story. That’s a fine line.
Four friends have commented on that fine line and how my story achieved that for them as readers. Here are their words.
Rhonda has taken years to craft this story and the work shows. One of the best books that I’ve read. The image of “monkeys swinging from thought…” sticks with me the most. (George H.)
You captured me with including wonderful information about things outside my world. The vocabulary of the ship and the special “horse words” are a bonus, but not ones that get in the way. (Jane W.)
Calcutta, I was there fifty years ago. You nailed it. The story flowed—made it easy to read. (Bruce B.)
The horses, you got it just right, but not too much. (Lenell D. )
Tips for Writers
- As writers, we must remember that readers want a fast-paced story with specifics that tell the story without slowing it down. Two to three targeted details usually get the job done.
- Presenting them in the context of an appropriate environment helps, as well. To find how much time is spent in a scene and then match it to how the reader experiences the story is critical. This is called pacing.
- Writers develop the skill of pacing over time from experience and feedback by beta-readers or writing group members helps.
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