Children's writing

Research Pitfalls

Thus far, I’ve spent more time researching sports facts and trivia than I’ve spent creating puzzles. Research is addictive, as I think most non-fiction writers will attest. It’s a little like gambling or gold panning: You never know when you’ll hit the jackpot, or find that fabulous nugget of info that will propel your work to greatness.
gold-panning.jpgEureka! Hi, Millard!

I suppose it’s also a bit easier than creating original text, in my case puzzles, though I like to claim otherwise. I mean, which would you say is easier: clicking around the internet and reading, or creating something fun, interesting, clever, and accurate from nothing? There’s no pressure in clicking and reading, but what I create will be judged. So maybe I drag the research out longer than is strictly necessary to avoid the real work.

But research is also fascinating and distracting. Who wouldn’t click on a link about the World’s Strongest Boy? (Is that really healthy for a kid?) And who wouldn’t want to know more about Jenn Stuczynski when you hear she’s the third-best performer in women’s pole vaulting history after practicing the sport for just 3 years?! And how, exactly, did I get from NCAA football to cream of broccoli soup? Hmm. I wonder if I can work cream of broccoli soup into a football puzzle…well, of course I can, but will I?

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  1. Yes! Very tasty, but a little thin because, as usual, I didn’t follow the recipe and just tossed in all the broth I had, rather than limiting it to 2.5 cups.

    Last night I added leftover mashed potatoes and it’s creamier today, and just as yummy!

    Makes you want to savor my cooking, eh?! (Not.)