Marie blogged the other day about research. It was a great post but I'd still like to know more about other peoples methods. Do you, or don't you? What does it depend on? Where do you do it? How do you start and more importantly, how do you stop?
My reasons for asking are simple - I spend way too much time researching and use very little of the information that I gather. I love research, I'll research anything and everything, storing these little gems of information to deliver to the unexpecting eaters at the dinner table.
It's a disease, I've realised, I can't stop. At the moment I'm looking up the Mayan calender (complete gobbledegook btw - haven't got me head around it yet!), but did you know how many other calenders have been invented? No, neither do I because I got completely distracted by 'Trepanning' - the art of boring holes in the head and then a neat little crystal was often popped into the gaping wound - fascinating . Then I was on to Pok-a-tok, a nasty little ball game involving blood and other wet parts of the body, where the losers were likely to lose more than the game! Did you know that the Mayans also believed in extra-terrestrials?
Yes, I know, discipline. If I had some in this department I would use it. I have no problem setting aside a block of time to write but can be distracted by the tiniest, juiciest tidbit of information which will lose me hours and hours of precious chaptering. How do I stop???