Yesterday, I talked about how boring my fiction would be if I took “Write what you know” literally.

Literature would be so boring if we could only write what we’ve personally experienced, right?

So here’s what I know.

I know how to do research.  And today I’m going to share with you my process for the research I did on Lodestar.

In the beginning was an idea.  I had this tickle of an idea to write a paranormal story.  I knew I didn’t want to write about vampires or werewolves.  There are plenty of stories cornering that market.  Besides, neither has ever much interested me.

So I set about doing my legwork.  First, I turned to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythical Creatures for ideas of a type of paranormal to write about.

My list came out at 8 classifications of creature.  Angels, elves, fairies, leprechauns, mermaids, nymphs, pixies, and sprites.

I took this list to Wikipedia.  I know, not a great source, but it worked.  I looked up each one in the encyclopedia and read all the entries.  I narrowed my list further and further until I came up with my top 3 finalists: angel, fairies, and elves.

Then I left the possibility to simmer before further research could be done.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next step in my research.