In a word – RESEARCH!

I got my license driving a big articulated truck, called a semi-trailer in Australia, it had 16 gears and a thirty foot trailer on it, I’ve ridden my own motorbike across Australia – it was a Kawasaki – beautiful machine – I’ve learned to fly an ultralight plane, worked up through grades in martials arts (and taught it), have undertaken a survival course and even committed to doing the pioneering thing, but I have never been a police officer, a soldier or a doctor.

So I research, I read biographies of police officers, soldiers, doctors and others. I read technical manuals pertaining to their professions. I get right into the nuts and bolts of it, and you know what? It’s fun. I seriously love getting into the technical side of things, finding the gems that every profession has, the interesting snippets that a person doesn’t normally know about but which brings the character and the profession to life for my readers.

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There’s a lot of things a writer can do in order to write with clarity and precision, but basically it boils down to hands-on experience and research.

If you want realism in your stories, know your stuff – if you want in-depth, know your stuff – if you want the sort of detail that will put your readers right into the action – it’s very simple – Know Your Stuff. Even the mundane!

Oh yes, and have fun while you’re doing it. That’s important, too.

Cheers all!

😀

Allyson

4 thoughts on “In a word – RESEARCH!

  1. writingsprint

    This inspires the hell out of me. I need to do more of this. I’d rather be writing, but research pays great, big dividends, especially in giving you the ideas you need to bring your story together. And talking to real professionals beats reading a book by light years. I talked to a retired soldier friend of mine after I wrote the battle scene, and it was thrilling getting his feedback on what I did right and wrong.

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    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      That’s the best! Hands-on is a great eye-opener, too. Trouble is being one person limits how much you can cram in, particularly when it comes to professional fields. That’s why I love biographies of soldiers, police officers, morticians, forensic investigators, doctors, etc., etc. You get real in-depth stuff that way.

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        1. A.D. Everard Post author

          Heck yeah! If they are talking about the lives they’ve lived in a profession you’re studying, it’s the next best thing to talking to them.

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