I feel like I’m gaining some momentum on the WIP, and am now working on developing my characters somewhat more fully as human beings with hobbies and interests that diverge from the main story line. This of course, as you may have guessed, is leading me to do more research on various things to give it some ring of authenticity.
Additionally, in the back of my mind, I’m still percolating on the prequel, and in lieu of visiting the location I plan to set it in, have ordered a couple of books on it. Since the prequel is going to be set over 100 years prior to the present-day setting of the WIP, visiting the area wouldn’t avail me what I need anyway. I’m hoping I can get enough info from these books and with luck find other sources to really give it a sense of being there. I want it to be as accurate as possible so when people read it, they will be able to see it clearly in their mind and if someone is actually in the area, might think to themselves as they walk down the street, “Is that the house? Was that the street? There’s the lake!” as if these characters had actually lived there. It may be safer to invent the entire thing, but I want it to take place in a real location, as if the reader was stepping back in time.
I like doing the research. I’m one of those people who always enjoyed history and read it for fun. I know I could get carried away with it, so it’s a good thing I’m already somewhat familiar with the area and the age I’ll be writing about. Even if no one reads it, I expect it to be a lot of fun to write it!