So....after reading an author interview on Marieke's Musings (on world building), I started thinking. (Well, I'd thought about it before, but only started thinking about blogging about my thinking after reading the interview.) The author, Leah Cypress, said she took a research trip to England to tour castles and jot down descriptions (for her novel Mistwood). I wondered 1) what she wrote down...and 2) what her notebook looked like.
I started thinking...I CAN'T WAIT TO PUBLISH A NOVEL SO I CAN TELL MY HUSBAND I NEED TO GO TO EUROPE TO, YOU KNOW, RESEARCH!!!!!
What DO you do to research for your projects?
What have you done in the past?
What are your plans for researching further?
Do you sit in crowded restaurants, parks, stores, roller rinks, gyms, bars, etc. and jot down gestures and facial expressions, to find that perfect quirk for your character?
Do you travel to exotic locales?
1)What does your "notebook" look like?
2)What do you write down?
Will you share an EXCERPT with me?
Share your notes?
Do you jot down descriptions? conversations? movements of those around you? research years and historical events? names for characters or settings? problems and/or conversations you overhear in a crowd?
Please, please tell me.
Where do you go?
How does it help?
Do you have helpful tips for the rest of us?
Thanks. So. Much.
oh. and here is a helpful post if you need some ideas of what to watch for in a crowd.
it's on Books, Boys, Buzz Writing Tips: Use of Body Language
AND on a completely different note...OUR FIRST OFFICIAL WEEKLY WORD WATCHER WRITE IN IS COMING UP! be prepared to post your 21k competition project name and official # of starting words THIS WEDNESDAY! we start writing (and countin) THURSDAY!!! are you in?