I have an insatiable desire for research. I love it. My pinterest boards are filled with all sorts of things I want/wish/plan to read and study one fine day. Stick me in a room with a huge stack of reference books and a large amount of tea (and hopefully access to a bathroom), and I will emerge hours and hours later (perhaps days, if foodstuffs are available), red eyed and happy.
This is both an excellent and kinda stinky attribute when it comes to writing.
Because one can become entirely caught up in the research – and fail to write more than a chapter or two (at most) of the manuscript itself. (And as we all know Writing That Manuscript is the main objective.
I believe I referred to this phenomenon back in About Writing. And today, over ten days later! It still stands true.
It’s awfully easy to become caught up in what I call Insatiable Idiocy Conundrum: losing oneself in the joy of research, the scribbling of notes, sketches of badly sketched sketches, jotting down of The Most Excellent Idea Ever - It’s Amazing Someone Hasn't Already Thought Of This!
And fail to write even one paragraph. Rising up, musty headed and blinking, days, perhaps even weeks or more later to realize with a shock of horror that, while you are certainly older (and those bags of m & m’s you’d stocked up on mysteriously empty), your manuscript has grown nary a bit.
Should this happen to you, realize with chagrin you have been a victim of Insatiable Idiocy.
My advice? Suck it down – heavy a heavy sigh, vow to reintroduce yourself to your treadmill (or whatever your preferred form of exercise is), sort through and decipher your notes (despite the fact they resemble a cross between chicken scratches and the long dead language of a cannibalistic tribe whose descendants you suspect still lurk somewhere in the Grand Canyon), and Carry On.
Because, if you must be an Insatiable Idiot (and I fear most all of us do at times), the least you can do is be a Tenacious Insatiable Idiot.
Your thoughts are welcome!
(And yes this has been "I" day of the A to Z Challenge.