The ever-awesome Michelle McLean has asked us an interesting question:
There are so many things we have to include in our storyworlds...characters, world details, settings, etc. No matter what genre you write, your stories are full of tiny details that help create your storyworld. I know that for me, at least, finding or creating all these details can sometimes be a bit tough.
Where do you go for help? And what types of things are you more likely to research/search for as opposed to making up on your own? Do you have any favorite resource sites? Share links if you have them!!
Research is one area of writing that I both love and hate. I get to learn some really cool stuff, but it can be agonizing and time-consuming. I haven't had tons of experience with researching for creative writing, but I've found it really necessary for the last couple things I've started.
On one of my WiPs, I am creating a post-apocalyptic world so I have to do research about all kinds of things from how much pollution people create by breathing in and out to what the effect is on a population when they are contained in a bubble. The story also heavily involves genetics, so I'm hoping to take an actual tour of a genetics lab and get a look at the equipment. For this story, so far I've been using the Internet. I realize though, that later on I'll need to do some direct research like the tour.
I have another story that involves mythological characters, so for that one I reached out to a fellow writer. Xixi had mentioned an interest in studying Greek mythology, and she was really helpful. I had some questions regarding the Fates and she was able to clear up how they have historically been depicted. This was useful, because now I know how far I can twist them so that they're uniquely depicted but still recognizable.
I can't say I have any favorite sites to share, but I will say that if you're looking for information on Sci-fi stuff, read fellow blog-chainer Sandra's blog. She is a wealth of scientific information, and she shares interesting tidbits with us all the time.
Where do you look for research as you write? I'm the last on the chain this time around and we're all taking a short break until August or so (from blog chain entries, anyway). Make sure you stop by Michelle McLean's blog so you can follow the chain and read everyone's answers.