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What preparation do you do?
« on: March 22, 2010, 03:56:18 AM »
Hi Steve

I was wondering what preparation if any you do for your novels in the way of research and suchlike?

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Re: What preparation do you do?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 02:55:06 PM »
I try to make sure the plot is fairly well structured in advance, although I then give myself the wriggle room to go 'off-piste' as the story develops.

In terms of research, there's always little things, like 'what does poison gas smell like?', or how do you buckle up a saddle, etc etc, but I don't tend to lock myself away for 6 months in the British Library like historical authors must do. Well, at least the good ones (aka Hilary Mantel), Wolf Hall and all that.

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Re: What preparation do you do?
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