This is my first post based on a TCWT prompt, and hopefully the first of many. Let’s get started. The prompt was,
“What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?”
70 percent of the research I do while writing is on thesaurus.com to see if the words I use are as impressive as I imagine them to be (By the way, that is how I found that “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia” means the fear of long words. Look it up.)
The rest of my research was mainly centered around the book (first draft) I wrote in November. It was about a water spirit traveling the world, from roughly 1900 to 20??, but without getting into the details, a significant portion of the book took place in World Wars 1 and 2. I savored writing on these subjects, but the hardest part of the research was finding major battles in near my main character’s location. In the end I made up a few battles and decided to save the trouble for my future self to worry about.
Another fun thing to research is names and their origins. I looked up an entire family of early 20th century French names for my previously mentioned novel. The meanings are also interesting to look up. for example, did you know that Charles and Caroline both derive from one name? Laura Ingalls Wilder’s parents had essentially the same name.
Easily the most interesting topic I have researched would be propaganda posters. I don’t know why, but the caricatures, dramatic artwork, and catchy slogans just seem to fascinate me. Is that creepy? Oh, well. Just look ’em up.
Admittedly, I don’t research very much when I write. This may simply be that I don’t write often enough to have a lengthy and outlandish list of search terms, I doubt that is the reason. Writing this post has reminded me, somewhat, that I can write on subjects outside of my comfort zone. Maybe someday I’ll need to research the chemical makeup of a potato, or which poisons are most effective. And until then, I’ll be preparing to jump out and go places outside of my imagination.
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