Free-for-All Friday: What are you researching?
Posted by Tamara Hogan Aug 9 2013, 12:01 am in craft, Free-For-All Friday, research, tamara hogan
Thriller writer Chelsea Cain recently tweeted:
I see I’m not the only writer who has these concerns, especially given recent revelations about government data collection. Um…NSA? FBI? DoJ? LMNOP? You know that very specific research I did recently, with the body decomposition rates in a very specific geographic area under very specific weather conditions?
It was research. Really. Kthxbai.
Every story, regardless of its historical era and no matter how reality-based or speculative the world, requires research to maximize the story’s authenticity. My recent research forays have included hematology, twerking, theoretical physics, burner phones, the House of Draculesti, Tasers, and Justin Bieber’s latest unfortunate tattoo.
Any government agency trying to build a digital profile of any author is going to have a mighty hard time.
What are you researching right now? Please share some of the weird, unexpected, notable, or interesting areas you’ve researched for a recent writing project. Did you learn anything that surprised you?
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