Blogger: Rachel Kent
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Today, I have a couple of “where” questions for you. These are questions you should answer before putting together your proposal.
The first “where” question: Where are you going to write?
Where are you able to concentrate? Do you have a specific place to go where you can write without interruption? Some people write well when they’re in a quiet location, or at home; others do better in busy coffee shops, or when they’re away from home. Also, you might need to find the right time to write. Many authors I’ve worked with get up really early or stay up really late so that they can have writing time with fewer distractions.
Question two is: Where are you going to do your research?
This is most important with historical projects and nonfiction projects, but I know research often is involved in writing contemporaries as well. Figure out what you are going to need to know and make appointments with people who can help you to learn. If you aren’t the expert, where will you turn to find one?
Is there a historical society that specializes in keeping records of the time period you’re working on? Do you need to follow an espresso machine repair person for a day? Do you have a reliable source for the statistics to support your nonfiction chapters?
Do the research as soon as you can, and writing the proposal will be so much easier because the details will be solid. Also, researching always sparks ideas for plot and content.
Where do you like to do your writing? Why is that your place? What time of day do you write best?