Do the RESEARCH!
I love researching for my stories, so it's always fun! And research isn't just for big stuff, it's for little stuff too--like names (Carrie-Anne is a pro at all things Russian history, especially names!), accurate time zones, the speed of things, proper slang terms, etc. Not to mention how long it takes a body to decompose in certain conditions...
So here are 7 Fun Ways to do Research...
- Online - everyone looks online these days. But be careful. No Wikis where people can mess with the data entry. Use trustworthy sites.
- Ask a professional - many people would love to talk about their work, especially if it means they'll get a shout out in a book!
- Survey your friends - it's always fun and useful to hear what your friends on social media think of a topic or situation, or to have them vote on a name
- Phone a friend - friends are also useful if they are actual pros on the subject, a lawyer, a foreign national, a pilot.
- Read! - Read non-fiction and fiction on the topic. Read magazine articles and get the latest info.
- Take a class - cooking, self-defense, tap-dancing, learning another language, so much to discover!
- Take a walk - Go outside, go to a mall, a park, a ball game, an airport... Observe, watch, listen, learn. Research is fun!
How do you research?
And my SHOUT OUT OF THE WEEK is...
C. Lee is a strong, intelligent woman--I want to be like her when I grow up! She's lived all over the globe, from California to Hong Kong to Laos, Cambodia to New York and back.
Besides reading and writing, she loves two things: hiking and Yoga. Well, three things if you count eating, and that’s why she loves to hike. These are also besides spending time with family and friends. Oh, and growing her own salad. And cats—can't forget the cats!
Lee writes amazing Young Adult novels and wonderful, fun Middle Grade. Plus, she gives awesome writing advice and encouragement. Such a primo example of everything a great author should be. And I'm honored to call her my friend.
Check her out!
And a final PS: Honorable mention is validation in my book!
I recently entered a challenge at Janet Reid's blog (she's a very famous NYC agent who gives advice to writers in her own special, snarky way, in case you didn't know)
And she enjoyed it!