We Strange and Wonderful Writers23:17
So, you’re happily writing away at your book. And then, all of a sudden, your character gets shot. Which is fine. There’s hours of fun research in that. You sit at your computer, start looking things up, and before you know it, you’ve got dozens of tabs open on the treatment of gunshot wounds, different types of guns, where to shoot someone for a non-lethal wound, and how long you’d have to get medical treatment before infection would set in. Awesome fun, right? Until your mum walks in and sees all the weird and frankly concerning (in her opinion) things your reading. Awkward, right?
It’s hard work. On the one hand, there’s a bunch of cool things to look up and work into your books. All those experiences of being injured to use. All that cool knowledge on poisons and drugs and criminal activities to find out and write into a story. And on the other, there are all those ‘normal’ people, who think that it’s a bit disturbing to have such a keen interest in the secret workings of drug cartels. Which are kind of awesome things to learn about.
It’s a tough job being a writer. We’ve got to be realistic in our books. People notice and complain loudly when we get things wrong. And writers are known to be a bit of a crazy bunch. After all, we’re the people who voluntarily give up literally hours of our lives to write thousands words that promptly get thrown out and rewritten, over and over again. We’ve got crazy habits and obsessions with coffee, chocolate and cats. But still, somehow, people don’t seem to enjoy our research on the best places to hide a dead body, or us knowing how a bomb is made.
If you want my advice, try not to get caught checking the signs of pregnancy, especially if you have a baby name generator open at the same time. It gets especially suspicious if you hurriedly click off the pages. And I’d go easy on stalking the CIA’s movements if I were you. I’m afraid the men in black suits don’t take kindly to having you check their Facebook profiles, even if it is for your latest spy thriller. Build yourself a blanket fort, stock up on that chocolate and coffee, do your research from the safety of a Bat Cave, and prepare yourself for surprise visits from men in sunglasses in your near future.
We writers are a weird bunch. We look up some strange things. We’re obsessed with fluffy animals and knowing odd facts. We’re probably on government watch lists. People think we’re crazy and get very concerned about our mental health. And we are totally awesome.
Looking for some interesting resources that probably won’t have secret agents bashing your front door in? I currently have a series on writing resources over on YoungWriters Treehouse. I’d love it if you hopped over and checked it out!