Writing is fun on so many levels. The way a story evolves or takes an unexpected turn is what keeps me coming back again and again. Just like reading a good book, we get to use our imagination and visit places we may never have the opportunity to in real life.
And how about the research? What an awesome way to experience things we may never get the chance to otherwise. I’ve talked about our RWA Chapter’s trip to the shooting range where we had the opportunity to learn about and shoot several types of guns, hear the sounds, smell the gunpowder and feel the power behind each shot. Talk about an adrenaline rush!
There are so many great opportunities out there. No matter what genre you write, you can find creative ways to immerse your readers deeper into your story and make them remember it and your characters long after they turn that last page. I know this is what makes me buy that next book by an author.
How about a field trip with a ghost hunter or visit to FBI headquarters? Or a vacation to a place where you’ve set your book? Of course you can always search the internet to find out the information you need to make your story feel more real. But what fun is that? I’ve been known to walk around with a blindfold on just to see what it might feel like to be blind. Walked on broken glass to see what it feels and sounds like as it breaks beneath my feet. (with shoes on of course. LOL) And stranger yet, sat in a hot car with the air conditioner off and the windows rolled up. Talk about a miserable experience.
What about you? What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research? 😉