I had a few choices for today’s post, but decided to go with Research. I suppose the days when you had to go to the library and check-out a big pile of books to do your research are well and truly over. Sure, you can still do this, but there are easier ways.
You might have guessed by now that I write crime fiction. A mixture of police procedurals and thrillers. Stories about people in extraordinary situations and how they react.
One of the most entertaining areas I class as research is people watching. Observing those around us to make our characters more rounded and more likely to leap off the page into your reader’s imagination.
Reading is also good research.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King
King is right about so many things and if you write in a particular genre then reading in that area will help you polish those tools. I read as many crime novels as I can. I enjoy watching crime drama on television and these are all part of my research. Any excuse to sit and watch TV!
Following my posts on Blood Analysis, DNA, Fingerprints and Marks and Impressions, you might have guessed that I enrolled in a three-month Forensics Course to better understand how the Crime Scene’s created, examined and how the evidence gathered.
Maybe a little extreme to study a course, but it definitely served its purpose. I feel I understand the process more so hopefully my characters understand it more as well.
The final piece of research I use is the wonderful world of blogging.
I’ve found Crime and police blogs, which have helped bring more detail to their role and useful tips and insights. All the little details that bring realism to the story.
How much research do you do for your novels?
This is my R post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
More shots of Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast of England and a Rainbow from last week.