Monday, April 8, 2013
Just to be fair, research in person can be invaluable. I actually took a trip up to the University of Northern Colorado a while back to talk to a scientist specializing in genetics. But prior to going on the journey, I used Google to research genetics in general so I would at least know the basics. And while I'm no expert, I would never have been able to learn all that I did (for free no less) without a great deal more work. Or I would have looked like a complete noob to the scientist, who was nice enough to give me a bit of her time.
Research is a mandatory part of writing. Even if you're creating a completely fictional world with nothing even slightly similar to reality, it's unlikely that any of us knows everything we need to. Before Google, that might have meant calling around (or worse, driving around) and finding the right person to help you out. Nowadays you can find the right person or the right information with just a few mouse clicks and keystrokes.
When was the last time you did research for a project? Did you use Google to get it done?