One of the things I’ve come to accept is that as a writer, you’re basically a scholar of everything.
Biology, economics, philosophy, ecology. Survival and technical skills, medical knowledge, the list just goes on. What’s different from most professions is the variety. In my other job, I focus mostly on programming and technical skills while working with financial contracts. I specialize instead of generalizing.
But when I write, I find it useful to be a jack of all trades. Some knowledge on tracking here, a little first aid know how there. A little knowledge of everything goes a long way. And Google has become my best friend in this.
If I need to remind myself of the term for that particular muscle or bone, I check out a diagram. If I can’t recall the architectural word, I look for it. Writing is all about keeping the mind sharp.
The brain must grow. Or die.
Anyway, I’m at 7185 words in the past 7 days, putting me a little better than a thousand words in a day. I’m looking to wrap up at least one submission this week, but I’m hoping for two. I’ve noticed that there are long, long waiting periods between submission and hearing back from a publishing company. So it seems I have to keep something brewing at all times. Put together the submission, fire it away and get started on something else. Stay busy at all times.