ven as I wrapped up draft 3 of Julia, I was already looking at what needed strengthening in draft 4. I decided this called for more research. Not the detail-important research like learning why planes crash or going through the steps of getting a will, but the how-the-whole-thing-comes-together research. This means reading!
I bugged friends, found bibliographies of authors who I’d heard wrote similar stories, and scoured my memory for books I’d read that were similar in tone and theme. How did I want to deal with a sibling…there’s a book for that. How do I keep the pace…there’s a book for that.
I thought I’d tear through these books, soak up the knowledge and be on my merry drafting way.
Sadly, no. I did tear through the first book on my list. But I abandoned my second and stalled on the third. I was approaching this a little too much like school and my brain was rebelling. After a week away, I was able to get back into book three. I’m thinking of taking a break and going with something completely off-list before going back to book two.
Do you read for specific writing tips/help? Do you ever struggle with it?