There's all types of research. Searching the web for factual sites on our topics, hitting the library, joining a class, asking the experts and so on...
But I've found that the best research comes from real life. I think what separates one book from another is how the author captures emotion. When they get that right, the reader goes through the roller coaster with the character. That's what we want. We want to feel what they feel.
As a writer, we need to draw from our own experiences, watch others to see how they handle situations and then somehow get it down on paper. That is so much easier said than done. But it can be done. It has been done.
Yesterday was a very emotional day for me. My heart pounded, my hands shook, my leg jumped, my ears roared, the tears flowed, my head ached and then my body shut down. It crashed. It had to. A person can only go through so much emotion before it needs to rest and rejuvenate. I've rejuvenated. Today is a new day. A good day.
I'm not sharing this so people will feel bad for me. I'm sharing it because we've all been through it. We've all had those kind of days, those kinds of moments. It's how we come out of them that make us who we are. I plan to remember those emotions, my bodies reactions to them and pour that emotion into my story. I want my characters to feel. I want their bodies and their minds to react. And I want it to ring true.
On a lighter note...
My husband and I found a show last night that both of us could enjoy. That's rare for us, but this one definitely fit the bill. Deadliest Warriors aired on SPike TV and apparently it's an ongoing series.
This one was Knights vs. Pirates. Who would win in a head to head challenge? They demonstrated each of their weapons and that was truly amazing to watch. I'd love to get my hands on a couple of authentic ones. Anyone have any idea how much an authentic morning star would run me?
Anyway, it was a great show. I can't wait to watch when William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu!
Do you use real life as research?
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi