There are so many things we have to include in our storyworlds...characters, world details, settings, etc. No matter what genre you write, your stories are full of tiny details that help create your storyworld. I know that for me, at least, finding or creating all these details can sometimes be a bit tough.
Where do you go for help? And what types of things are you more likely to research/search for as opposed to making up on your own? Do you have any favorite resource sites? Share links if you have them!!
Wow! What a tough question! As most of you guys know already, I am thinker. This means that yes, I tend to "think" out ever detail in a story. Let's take my current project. I am not ready to say much about it other than to say that I wanted to write a Gothic tale. So, what did I do...I read a LOT of Gothic stories. I also wanted it to have a strong lyrical, almost poetic, writing style. So, again, what did I do...I read a lot of that style so I could lock in the tone. And finally, I wanted it set in the Gilded Age of NY. So I read other works set in that time period. All of this before I ever drafted a single word.
Now, since I am currently in editing mode on this particular WiP, I have had some definite additional research areas come up. Things like when electricity replaced oil lamps, and the anatomy of the violin, and even how fire tends to burn - all of these are topics I have recently had to research.
For me, all the answers were found courtesy of Google. With videos, posts, and Google Earth, there is very little I can't find out if I'm willing to just spend a little time at it.
And you know what....
How do you go about researching? Or is research just a bad word in your mind?
For more on this topic, check out Margie's post from yesterday or hop on over and read Abby's tomorrow