"I sit down to a blank page and see my oldest friend. Some days I write something decent. Some days I suck. Whatever. It’s not like I won’t be back tomorrow."
~ Sera Gamble

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Researching A Novel...

I am currently researching my novel, (hence my apologies for not posting as much on here). The novel I am planning and putting together at the moment has a working title of: "Ghosts Of Time" - it's a science-fiction fantasy story about various people from different eras of time brought together to save the world from a hidden threat travelling through time. As there is a lot of travelling to different eras in time, and my characters all coming from different eras in time, I am finding this novel needs the most research. I am currently researching the Victorian era, an era I love also as I love dolls house miniatures, I find myself more familiar than I would normally be with the fixtures and fittings in a Victorian home.

Funnily enough, the more research I do, the more questions I seem to find I want answers to. Although I am finding out more about my characters, and there personal backgrounds, I also wonder what else I can do with them, and what other skills I can give them. I know the Victorians were very interested in the Occult and did seances and things, and I wonder if I can make my Victorian Lady character a witch? I know that prior to the Victorian period witches were hunted and burned at the stake, but that Queen Victoria got rid of the laws on witchcraft, so that they were no longer hunted and burned at the stake. Does this mean that witches were more accepted and more open? Or did they still feel the need to be in hiding? How open were Victorians about witchcraft, and did they consider seances to be a part of witchcraft, or just an interest in the occult and the afterlife?

Research does fascinate me and you can learn more to add to your stories, and more questions always seem to arise out of more research. For me, research is exciting and fun. I love discovering new things and picturing my world and my characters more clearly, and finding exciting new things I can add and adapt to my story!

But how much Research should you do? And at what point should you stop researching and concentrate on your story? I can easily get lost in research and planning and never start writing my story! Still, I'm having fun at the moment! Off to research some more now...


  1. Hi Sketch! If I may make a suggestion. In your story, if these people from time are brought together to save the world, I would think all of your characters from the past would have to be some kind of heroes or famous leaders in their time. Joan of Arc, Napolean, as examples. John Doe from Scotland in 1804, is not likely to be a candidate for assistant savior of the world! See what I mean? So in your research, find special people from each era! And of course you might consider people from the future as well! Those characters you will have to make heroes! So, LOL, now you can look at Alexander The Great, one of Pharoahs of Egypt, Churchill as a leader perhaps, U.S. Grant or Robert E. Lee, Gen. George Patton as a real fighter, etc. Goos lulck with your efforts! TC Don

  2. Hey SG ~~ you might be interested in Charlotte's blog over at steamandink.blogspot.com
    She is knowledgeable on the Victorian era .


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