Okay, so I'm writing a fantasy and there are beasties, of course. But my memory of all things beastie is failing me. Thus far, I've been leaving myself notes - :insert minor monster here: - when I can't think of the name of something and want to keep writing rather than stop and research. Last night, however, I hit a spot where just leaving myself a note wasn't possible.
You see, there's a spot where the intrepid band of good guys gets ambushed by something and there's a battle scene and in order to have a battle scene, you kind of have to know what your characters are up against.
So, last night, I paused writing to do research. I got one good scene out before I reached the point where I had to start this scene. Then I stepped away, grabbed my big book of magical creatures, and got busy scanning through the pages to see if I could find the one that would fit this particular scene. And I made a list for later of things that could potentially be used for all those notes I left myself.
By the time I was finished, it was almost time for the season premier of Holiday Baking Championship, so I didn't get back to the book. But that's okay. I'm totally not kicking myself for being behind. I wrote close to 800 words and that ain't bad, considering how many days this year I wrote zero words.
I'll have to do some more research before tonight's writing session. I have a list but I'm still not certain what would fit. Something smaller than a human but larger than a dog and semi-intelligent but totally vicious - made more vicious by being shut up in the mists for a thousand years - that hasn't been done to death in other fantasy novels. And it can't fly. I already have flying beasties elsewhere. A dragon (naturally) and some wyverns. Plus, flying critters would change the battle I'm envisioning. And nothing too out of the ordinary. If the average fantasy reader ain't never heard of it, I better have a really really good reason for introducing them to it.
Anyway, I'm having fun with the whole process.
I know, doing research after the first of November is a no-no. Maybe if I'd known for sure I was going to dive back into this, I would've done some research in October, but I didn't, so there I am. And I think as long as you don't fall down the rabbit-hole of research, you can still accomplish your goals.
Right now, I'm about 2K words behind. And that's okay.
So, how are things with you?