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.