I’m sure people must have said that to you at sometime. My problem is I write murder and suspense. Personally I don’t know anything about that, and I wasn’t prepared to go out and stalk someone or kill them.
So I do research. I take workshops at conferences with FBI, Police, Coroners, etc. and also online. I have books on WITSEC, The Body Farm, serial killers, forensics and poisons, just to name a few. I use Google and research online for information on murder and also for settings. You can find almost anything about a town or city or the area. And you can also ask about things on loops and get great information.
I asked a friend who writes historical, didn’t she find she had to do a lot of research. She laughed and said once you had the basics for a period in time – clothing, food, customs and language it didn’t change a lot. She said she couldn’t write contemporary because of the amount of research involved. And she’s right. Things keep changing. A few years ago no one had cell phones and tablets.
So – do you write what you know? Do you do research? Do you go to the library to do research? Or do you do most of your research online? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to travel to all your settings.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on research for today’s writer.