If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Research is seductive. We know that little can be written without some research and so I love the internet. It gives me access to all kinds of information at my fingertips and I no longer have to spend hours in a library doing the research. But it is truly seductive. I often find myself following one lead after another and then some time later find I haven’t actually written anything.
In this way I find that research can take all day and fill my head with all kinds of facts but nothing has been written. The screen is still blank as it was when I sat down to write.
And we can never say “I have touched every base and now am ready to write.” We know that it is not possible to have touched every base. So we do have to set some limits on ourselves.
Now when I sit down at the computer and the idea that I am formulating for an article or a blog needs some research I do set a limit for researching. I also ask myself the questions:
- How long do I have to produce the item/article
- How much time will be spent in research and
what can I expect to achieve in that time
- How much time will it take to write?
At the end of the time allotted to research I tell myself that I now have enough information to write my article or blog and just accept that I do.
But perhaps at a later date, I will return to the research if this is a subject about which I care deeply. Perhaps I will never really stop researching and studying it, but for now I will have enough information and shall just write.
The other alternative is to make the mistake of doing no research and just accepting what has been told one as truth. We know that this is the way in which bogus facts get promulgated either to our friends and family or through the medium of the internet or other social network sites. I have made this mistake quite recently in my blog ‘Stupidity Reigns’ and shall not do so a second time.
So I shall continue to carry out research on each subject I choose to write about and hopefully, control the time used in this way. And then (again) hopefully, I will produce some articles/blogs worth reading.
- research and more research Tues 25/10/11 (kellyswriting.wordpress.com)