In discovery phase I, I do enough research to get me launched on a story–it’s the prestory writing stuff where I read a bunch of books and surf the net and acquaint myself with my characters’ jobs, story setting, etc. After that I wing it and don’t delve back into research until those blank lines I leave on the page start to connect.
That’s where I’m at now–discovery phase II. I’m deep into chapter three and need to know indepth info about what’s going on with my protagonist and her new world. See, she’s just discovering her psychic side and is fighting it tooth and nail.
So I have to learn about her psychic abilities in order to portray them correctly. And I know jack about it when you get down to it. But the subject is fascinating and I’m glad my protagonist has this added element to her character.
Fun to write. Now if I can just make it fun to read. 🙂