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.