Research has never been so much fun! I have never enjoyed doing research unless it’s for a consumer product that I am considering purchasing. More-so, I have never enjoyed what research goes hand-in-hand with…writing a boring, pointless research paper. (Instead, I’ll be writing a boring, pointless zombie novel!) However, after talking with a couple of authors, I have come to realize how important and necessary research actually is. As a writer, it is imperative to know what you’re writing about in order to portray it accurately and vividly so the reader can picture the scene in their mind’s eye.
I fully expected to have to do a minimal amount of research for this project, considering that I pride myself on being pretty informed on the subject (zombies). The little research that I did anticipate though, which is based on geography that the plot will travel along, was bound to be tedious and mind-numbing.
The good news is that I got an excellent jump-start on that research with the help of a little friend I refer to as “the intrawebz.” In no time flat, I had some very useful points of reference, distances, travel times, etc.
Even before that though, my luck was on full display. As I logged on to my computer one day, a news article related to a key part of my plot-line was staring me right in the face. I clicked on the link, skimmed the article and was elated with how some of the details seamlessly matched up with some of my ideas!
A second issue that I was confronted with, was how I would address the initial outbreak of the zombie plague. The thing about the zombie genre is that it is consistently unoriginal…it almost always starts from some unexplainable strain of a virus. Luckily, after taking a couple of days to think about it, I remembered some news articles that I could lean on and draw heavily from. I ran a quick search relying on my good pal the intrawebz again, and I had more information than I knew what to do with! I printed several pages and bookmarked the search results in case I need to draw more information down the line.
I also looked up some unexplainable historical events while I was at it. I hope that this will add a little credibility to my story, since it’s based on actual scientific and historic events, and maybe even bump up the uniqueness a little bit as well.
Fortunately, I also have several friends who work in the medical field who can hopefully add valuable first-hand knowledge of diseases and the immune system. I guess only time will tell how much, if any, of this is even usable.
I still haven’t fully committed myself to this project for fear that I will burnout and never finish it, or that I’ll get it completed only to realize that it is a massive, steaming pile of garbage and enormous waste of my time. From the looks and sounds of things though, it appears I’m diving in head first.
Thank you, that is all.
One response to “Blogumentary: Step 1 – Research”
You like zombies too much not to finish it!(: