Research (yay!) ... and then the writing...

United States
June 11, 2008 9:47am CST
I'm always excited to get to do a bunch of research, as I love collecting all of the facts and information. However, when it comes to writing something based on all that research, I have a really hard time getting started. You would think it would be easy, because all of the information is right there, but I just want to keep looking for more information. :) Anyone else run into this problem? Any tips on how to just get this writing done? :)
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@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
Hmm... Correction friend.. Unless it is valuable to you or to the reader, it's still called DATA. Unless you use that valuable data into creating something, then it's still considered raw data. :) Yes, I have had this type of writer's block before too, when I have a lot of data in my hands and I can't seem to create a single sentence out of it, it seemed that my mind was so overloaded with details that I can't really start. Hmm.. As colleagues used to say "sleep on it, it'll get back to you". I guess they're right, try sleeping on it first. Then when you wake up, start fresh, know what you want, know what you want to say to your readers. Then start jotting or typing away.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
Well, I think I did get some more than usual done by starting fresh with it first thing this morning, but then I slowed to a grinding halt again. It doesn't help that part of what I'm doing is rewriting and reorganizing a piece that someone else worked on first--that can be a bit tricky.
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
12 Jun 08
Whoah tell me about it. I find it more difficult to reconnect other's ideas to mine or finish someone else's work rather than starting out fresh. Whew! Good luck!
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@DreamOn01 (146)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I love both research and writing. I'm naturally curious, so I can definitely relate to how research can pull you in. It seems that time seems to go by a lot more quickly when I'm doing research than it does when I'm writing. However, if I have a deadline, that is motivation to buckle down and do the writing.
• United States
12 Jun 08
Yeah, I actually set a self-imposed deadline, figured out how many days I would need to buckle down and write all day to reach it, and then managed to get myself ahead of schedule before the end of the day yesterday. I've got the really nasty section to write today, but I'll just keep telling myself that that sooner it's done, the sooner I can stop thinking about it. :)
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
11 Jun 08
i absolutely love doing research, but i dont usually have problems getting started, i just would rather be doing research! hm, wonder where i could a job like that???
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• United States
12 Jun 08
Luckily for me, I've worked in historical research to one extent or another since I finished my master's degree in history. Sometimes I was just working alongside historians, but I always end up back to doing research. :)
@cwilson26 (2737)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I am the opposite as I do not like to do the research part as much as I like to do the writing part. Don't get me wrong, I do love to learn new things but I just don't have the time or the patience to sit there and read all of that stuff, especially when it does not interest me. So I try to write about stuff that does interest me so that it won't be as boring when I have to research it before I write it. The only suggestion I can give you is to just start writing. This is hard to follow though because sometimes I can't even do it. If you are writing an article or story for pay though you should close off everything else you're doing so you won't be distracted. Believe me, it's not easy but sometimes you just have to force yourself into it. :)
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• United States
11 Jun 08
Yeah, I've always been one of those crazy folks who LOVES research. I love writing, too, but I do seem to work more quickly when it's something I know a lot more about. This is a case of being tossed into a project sort of mid-stream, and it's difficult!
@celticeagle (114256)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 08
I would do an outline. Take say the five most important parts of the research and then sub points from there. And, maybe you are just better at the research end of it. Do you find that when you do do more research that you get to a point where you stop and get into the writing? I usually do at some point. Some subjects are so fascinating I just go on and on. Also, what do you think of a search engine that pays you for utilizing it? I have one for you: http://www.myhpf.co.uk/apply001.asp?Friend=57399 Write on!