…research! Not that I can’t write at the moment. I’m doing some of that. But I’ve found that when I just can’t put fingers to keyboard to write, I can put hand to mouse to research. Wow, that was…convoluted.
My current WiP draws from a lot of ancient/traditional legends and magic. Cherokee, West African, Chinese, I’m pulling from everywhere. And that means I’m spending a lot of time on the internet researching all the ways those cultures might repel ghosts, for instance.
I’m also researching how the different cultures use herbs and herbalism for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. If any of you know any good herbalism websites, I’d love to hear them. I have a few already, but a second opinion is always good.
Today, I’m going to be making a list of herbs and rituals I’ve already used. I’m only on the third chapter of my WiP, but if I get too far ahead without doing this, I’ll forget what I’ve used and what I’ve used it for. At this stage in my last project, I started my “writing bible”, where I jot down names and brief descriptions of characters, locations and rituals or practices I’ve made up. I’ve found it makes me feel grounded and encourages me to keep going. I often realize I’ve done more work than I think, and that is always uplifting. ^_^
Do you keep a “writing bible”? Even if you call it by another name? Different than an outline, it’s a list of everything you’ve already done so you can remember that you called second-guard-from-the-left Morrison in case he pops up later, or that your main character is wearing blue a lot. She has a favorite color and I didn’t even know it! ^_^ It’s also an opportunity to use lots of different pens!!! Which is the most important part, of course.