Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In the Research Zone

While I'm planning and writing the first draft of my WiP I've managed to put myself in research mode. Research is important, especially since I've only experienced so much and sometimes my characters don't want to do the dull and ordinary and how can I write of an experience if I, myself, haven't experienced it?

Research is especially important to the novel I'm planning on writing after I finish my current WiP. Yeah, I've been over to Japan (where I'm planning to have the novel take place), but I don't call myself an expert. I know it's going to take a lot of reading and even asking people who live there about the culture and family aspects of the country (and I guess even another trip over there if I must).

What sort of research do you do? How do you do your research? Do you think research is necessary?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Absolutely! I researched details on actual fighter jets, including talking to pilots, before I wrote my first book. I may be writing about space fighters, but the principles are the same.

Unknown said...

Research is crucial!

I'm a history grad student, so my life often revolves around research. I'm currently working on a WIP about Valkyries and Valhalla and even though it's fictional it requires a LOT of research about the myths.

Libby said...

It's good of you to sacrifice to go back to Japan. Glad you're willing to suffer for your art. :)

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