Friday, March 23, 2018

Hope the feds don't visit

**Previously published in 2013 on one of my extremely old, very bad first attempts at an author blog, but it's good info. I keep the old blog up itself just for shits and giggles. And if I do say so myself, very entertaining.

If the FBI or NSA or whoever were to confiscate my computers right now, I'd be in a lot of trouble.

Why is that?

It's because of my browsing  and search history. It's very *ahem* eclectic. So yeah.

Quick example. Here's a quick search history for Lyc-O Factor:

  • Small arms battle tactics.
  • How to create a Molotov cocktail.
  • Guerrilla warfare and tactics.
  • How to rig a car bomb.
  • How to siphon an underground gasoline holding tank.
  • What native Mississippi plants are edible.
  • Herb rubbed fried pork chops recipes.
Any normal person that sees that would think I was going bonkers or thinking I was trying to take over the world.

Research is essential to a writer. It's always said, "to write what you know." Well, sometimes, we, as writers, have an inkling of what we want to write, but don't have enough knowledge on how to convey it and actually know what we're talking about.

In Lyc-O, I've created a post-apocalyptic world set in Mississippi. I know Mississippi. I mean, come on, I grew up and lived here. I don't plan on leaving any time soon. I can take this landscape and mold it, as long as I stay true to what is here originally.

But, in the essence of this being a story where the modern world has ended, I had to change things up a little. This Mississippi had become abandoned, a survivalist's nation in a way. It is a rogues versus the new regime kind of scenario.

I knew nothing about military tactics. I know next to nothing about medicine, beyond the knowledge I've learned from family members who were nurses. I had a lot of prepping to do before I even began the story.

So...what do I do?

I turned to the trusty search sites of Google and Bing. And so far, no men in suits have shown up at my door step.

I know what was just typed is a long-winded example of what I was trying to say.

Research is important to writing. 

Let that sink in. Research is a part of the process. It's one of the tools needed to learn what you need to write your story. Write what you know, but don't be afraid to look up what you don't know. You can only wing it so far if you don't.

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