It doesn’t matter what genre’ you write in, chances are some type of research will be necessary. Well, unless you’re one of those blessed writers who write what they know. If that’s you, this blog post is not for you. If not, read on.
Some books definitely lend themselves to more research then others. Like the historical genre’…oh boy, talk about your research. Of course, if you’re writing in the historical genre’ you probably love history or you wouldn’t be writing about it. After all, writers in general are drawn to write about what they find interesting or fascinating.
So research should be fun, right? Wrong, or at least not always…
Depending on your personality, you may either be a huge fan of research, or if you’re anything like me, not so much. Not that I don’t write about things that interest me, I just find it difficult to take time away from writing to plunge into research. I liken research on the internet to falling down the rabbit hole. Once you’re sucked in, you can be lost for hours before finding your way out again.
So this week I challenge you to plunge into your research in a fun way. If you have to research, why not make it an adventure? Now if you happen to be writing a book that involves a scene where say…your characters are white water rafting or zip-lining, you have a readymade adventure waiting for you. What better way to do the research you need to make the scene come alive then to experience it yourself. Let’s face it, not all of us can afford to travel to the place we have set our novel in order to do research. Heck, you’ve heard the phrase starving artist right? But that shouldn’t stop us from taking the hard, sometimes dull work of research and flipping it on its head and into a new experience and/or adventure.
The key is to think outside the box. Step outside your comfort zone and find a way to bring your research to life. Our characters have adventures so why shouldn’t we?
For those of you who read this blog regularly you know I write Romantic Suspense, and you also know my latest work in progress has a Psychic heroine. But what you may not know is that it is the first in a series, one involving a family of psychics. Most of my research so far has been done online or from reading books, and while it has been interesting, it has lacked the zing of reality. So…this weekend I am romancing the research and visiting a psychic. And yes, I am also getting a reading done!
I will be back this weekend blogging about my experience and all the hopefully not so gory details. I can’t wait!
So this is my challenge to you this week. I want you to come up with a way to turn your research into a new adventure or experience. I would absolutely love to hear the ideas you come up with and how they turn out. Go forth and bring on the fun…