Cassy blogged a bit about research on killing people yesterday, I'm sure she doesn't actually go through with the deed, but that would be a good story--Author kills for research. Anyway I thought I'd tell a bit about how I research.
First, let me say that I love the research part of writing. I can search the internet for hours to the point I have to remind myself that it's time to call it enough and write the story. But man I get caught up in the information, so that's a bit dangerous for me and my writing schedule. Another dangerous research avenue is the library. Books, books, books and all chock full of fun knowledge. I could spend days there.
To save time I've turned to interviewing. In the past I've interviewed; a research assistant professor at the University of Utah, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, a Federal Probation officer, a DEA Agent, a martial arts expert and the list goes on and on. Currently I'm waiting for two interviews to come back, one from a Coast Guard officer and another from a marine biologist. And I'm thinking of a two part paranormal interview, the 1st with a medium and the 2nd with a ghost hunter.
I love this tool. I can use them on my blog, and it saves me from having to think of a topic. (Yeah I know lame) Another nice thing, I can share with others. But most important, I can ask specific questions of what I need to know for my story or stories. True its not as fun, I don't get lost looking, but it saves time. And the interviews are interesting and fun.
Do you like to research? Or is this one of the chores of writing for you?
Have a wonderful day!