I like doing research for novels. Part of it’s out of professional pride and and the other part is to save myself from future embarrassment. I can just imagine some biologist reading along and rolling his or her eyes because I mentioned an enzyme in human DNA that only occurs in animals.
When I begin writing a story, the ideas turn on and they don’t turn off until I get them in a word doc so I write the story first, then I check the facts later and then clean up the story.
I love researching facts. Sometimes it means interviewing people or going to the dog pound and asking what the procedure is when someone turns in a stray. I’m always pleasantly surprised how helpful people are when I tell them I’m doing research for a book. The red carpet rolls out. Really. Try it if you ever want to be treated like a God or in my case a Goddess.
© 2010 Christina Moss