What is the most intensive research you have done for a book?
With the number of books I have been reading lately, it has occurred to me that many authors do an amazing job getting their background information for their story. Some of the subjects covered are certainly not common knowledge. For instance, if you use myth or history, it requires considerable reading to make sure everything is accurate. Of course, writers use a certain amount of creative license in the details of their stories, but they must first have the basics. There is a quote I read once that said it most aptly:
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
– Mark Twain
Another example that impresses me is police procedural novels. Of course some writers were law officers before or they at least worked around that field. Yet many others have had no previous experience and must conduct research so their books are believable.
This leads to my questions for the day. How do you go about gaining background for your ideas? What are your basic methods? Not only this, but what is the one subject you spent the most time studying in order to cover it for a book? People think fiction is all made up, but in reality there is so much more to it. There are interesting facts intertwined with story telling. I love learning these as I read.
Now this is your chance to tell others and myself about the hard work you put into your book and what parts took the bulk of your time to prepare. I will look forward to the responses. It is great to learn about the efforts writers make to ensure their work is interesting and believable for readers. Unlike the “behind the scenes” options you get with DVDs/Blu-ray, we rarely get to learn what authors did to make their story come alive!
~ by Suzie on June 25, 2011.