Sources of inspiration
Posted 04 February 2003 - 05:49 PM
I am curious about where you get the inspiration for your writings. For exampe, the chapter on potatoes, and the Irish, in "Pot on the Fire". Were you reading a book that caused you to consider it? Or did you come up with the idea and go research it? I guess I am asking about your creative process. How does it work?
Posted 04 February 2003 - 06:53 PM
Posted 04 February 2003 - 09:28 PM
Posted 05 February 2003 - 09:40 AM
When I get a bone between my teeth, my most fruitful source of research is interlibrary loan or book searches (plus purchases) via www.abebooks.com. Laying your hands on hard-to-find books is one of the great unsung aspects of the Internet. What used to take half a year, if it could be done at all, now takes place in minutes. The Internet is, however, better at breadth than depth. I do find things of interest there but more often than not just run aground. And it is absolutely amazing how the same recipe can be replicated endlessly; very frustrating to someone looking for variations on a theme. Some projects require little or no research, others require an amazing amount. One that I'm at work at right now has brought me to buy a stack of books, many of them over a hundred years old. But that's another story.