This is an update of a post I ran in January 2014. To read the original post, click here.
They say children learn best if they can touch and handle what they are learning, if they are given real experiences.
That seems to apply to us writers too.
One of my favorite parts of writing is the research. (Hey, my first job out of college was a research assistant. I got paid to go to the library!)
But the best kind of research is the kind you can't find in books.
About four years ago, I was working on a historical fantasy set in Russia in 1812.
Although it was not possible for me to travel to Russia to see a reenactment, I attended a Civil War reenactment nearby my house, just so I could talk about wartime medicine with some experts.
|Tools used for amputations|
I also have a falcon in my book, so thanks to some advice from Oregon writer, Emily Whitman, I went to my local Audubon society and met Finnegan:
|Finnegan the Peregrine|
This last summer (2016), I stumbled on two research opportunities that helped with my current projects. Again, these both happened at different festivals or shows that I attended with my kids, often not knowing that I'm find a gem of insight for my writing.
One, was a medieval sword demonstration, which taught me, among other things that swords fighting is much different in reality than in the movies. And a collie dog show taught me some important facts about that breed (also needed for that same book). Most recently, I am living my research as I just happen to be writing a story set in a school and have recently started substitute teaching.
|Me handling a medieval sword|
What's next? Hopefully, this summer, my faithful research assistants (a.k.a. sons) and I will learn how to fence.
What has been the most memorable research you have done?
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