I Need the ‘Write’ Answer!

Despite new family changes, I am ready to get into the writings which I have put off finishing; most of it as a result of being kick-started by a recent guest and his writing/advice, and a friend of his who also gives good advice.

Where to go, though?
I have darned-near every ‘start’ vying for my attention!

So much is running through my mind, it was hard to know which should get my priority. When I settled on one, I found that a bit of research which I should add was hard to come by.

Has anyone else noticed that information is getting harder to pin down on the internet? Ads start out with their own ‘version’ of info. I know to get past those because there is usually a line and the ads have to be labeled, but it’s though it’s easy to jump the gun and hit the first site that seems interesting. Then, they can put up charts or say they have images, call themselves ‘information sites’ and get away with trying to sell you something anyway, with a slant in the ‘facts’ to make their goods look great. The sites following those still seem to get stuck on one point and it’s hard to get past it, and then they keep putting the same article or site up over and over again.

I spent all day Sunday trying to find particular material and there was no way to get my question answered. I would find a rare nugget and then have to look that up specifically; there was a lot of guessing going on. I had to get creative to even get ideas as to WHAT to question to get the answer to my query.

Honestly, I only needed general info; I have no intention of going into too much detail. However, after a while, I have to admit that I became a woman on a mission!

I was not going to throw in the towel.

I got more info and ideas as to WHAT to ask when I fell into someone’s Pintrest page than any other place.

Finally I realized that I had enough to add a little more to the story.

But as long as I have had that particular story perking, even most of it down on ‘paper’, I am glad that it has taken me this long. You see, I had not enough writing experience of writing ‘romance’ and the question of what to leave out and who much detail to put in is a balance that is hard even for long-time published writers. Some gloss over when you want to know more and many give details until the reader is ready to scream. The one thing that anyone who has read any of my posts here knows that the one thing I do not want to do is get it WRONG; I will not guess. I want to be accurate, even if I barely mention  details.

Anyway in 20/20 hindsight, the stories, particularly the one I am back to, needed time.

Time is up for them, before my time is up.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to I Need the ‘Write’ Answer!

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m often sidetracked from writing by having to look for specific information. As you say, getting details wrong can derail your credibility. Hope you find what you’re looking for!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Yes, also for me — difficult to select which of my 100 + starts to resume wrestling with.
    Sometimes it won’t be any of those earlier starts, but will be something brand new. One lesson I recently re-learned (though I can’t believe I’d forgotten it): when you leave a story (at about 9000 words) for about seven months and try to pick it back up, none of the 8-9 pages of handwritten notes will help whatsoever. And (in this recent example) I discovered that my brain had somehow re-routed that tale to a considerable degree. In other words, there was a LOT of going back and re-doing those first 9k words. Oh well.
    As far as research: Just last month, I spent DAYS trying to get a feel for the terrain, the population, and certain distances in a particular area of France from the mid-20th century. It was maddening… because nearly every source I consulted tried to steer me back to current day tourism.


    • Yes, that is the type of thing that I was getting, specifically, when trying to find what gemstones or natural materials that are native to the Carribean are used in jewelry, (actually, I can use that information in two stories). All I kept getting was tourism, how NOT to buy jewelry from the local shops because people from another region have infiltrated and are pushy, (plus they rip you off), or how high the prices are jacked-up in the few reputable up-scale resorts. After a while, all I got were reports on Larimar, which is only available in the Dominican Republic.
      Then I got into geology, which talked about finding rare earth on some islands.
      I only needed very slight amount of info for the one novel, but I didn’t think I could go through all that again to find more later.
      I ended up getting JUST enough info for both stories, but I had a headache.

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  3. You can always throw a list of the ideas/starts into a hat and randomly choose. LOL

    As far as the research goes, When I need some info for my story, my first stop is to ask members of my writers and readers group forum, or on my personal Facebook page. I write a post asking if anyone has the first hand experience I need. People are so willing to help by giving of their expertise or experiences. They sometimes give you a link where they know you can find the info.

    I’ve also visited the websites for FBI, U.S. Navy, and a host of others to find information. Even made a phone call to NAS Pensacola for exact details when I included a scene involving a character serving there. Mostly, I count on people who work, or have worked, in the same job my character does. Nurses, doctors, Navy, Army, Marines, lawyers, police officers, etc. The lawyers and police officers can even help with the villains I create. hee hee

    God bless them all.

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    • Thanks, Sharon; it all sounds very useful, although FB doesn’t usually come through for me. If you will read the specifics of the info I was looking for in my answer to Jeff, you will see that it is pretty specific. (Dear me, I just remembered that I know someone whose family has owned part of St Barts for hundreds of years! excuse me while I go message her!)
      Thanks again for coming in.


  4. It can be difficult to find the information you need when researching for a story. I’m glad you’re back to your projects.

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