Sunday, August 12, 2012

Why I Love Research

I was catching up on my reading and came across Jo-Ann Carson’s blog.  I found her post, Three Reasons Why I Love Research, thought provoking. Her reasons included:
  1. finding new and exciting things she wasn't not really looking for
  2. grounds her story and lets her imagination fly
  3. research gives her story depth.

I agree with all of her points. Her first point, ‘finding new and exciting things you’re not looking for’ really resonates with me.
I do most of my research while I'm outlining the story although there are times, more than I can count, when I'm writing that something strikes me and I'm off on a hunt. Last week I found myself researching sword fights on YouTube. Two hours later I had watched fighting scenes in Scaramouch, The Three Musketeers, and my favorite The Princess Bride. That's in addition to training videos by Bob Anderson and William Hobbs. Both are great sword choreographers for the screen.   

Here are some other cool things I’ve found while researching:
  • The town of Avery, England is built around the ancient standing stones and is very accessible.
  • In ancient Egypt, priests plucked every hair from their body, every hair!
  • The city of Londinium (which later became London) was established by the Romans in 43 AD. The capital however was Colchester. London became the capital of England in 100 AD.

Why do you love (or not love) research? What are some of the things you’ve found?