Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Trickery, Deception, and Other Essentials
I have a plethora of books on special skills: The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception, Worst Case Scenario Handbook, The Daredevil's Manual, How To Survive in Hostile Conditions, and Secret Techniques of the Elite Forces. I used to write Action/Thriller novels if you're wondering...the ones with links were the most helpful. I actually learned how to hotwire a car and that I can use the inside of my potato chip bag as a reflective surface for signaling for help. Who woulda thunk it?
I must be on some agency's watchlist by now given my book purchases and internet searches. I better get published soon to prove I'm not building a survivalist bunker somewhere in Montana...I'm just a writer who researches.
The Entymology guys over at UC Riverside totally rock. Five years ago, when I was working on a book, they returned my calls even after they realized that I was - A: Crazy and B: Unpublished. I never would have learned so much about swarm theory and harmones from a book.
All this to say, that research can come in many different shapes. From classes to books, interviews to objects, its all valuable if it helps you deliver the best story possible. I may joke about my "equipment" for writing, but I believe it does make a difference. My question to you is this...what do you surround yourself with in your writing life and why?
Until next time...Go Write!
Photograph by Ashley R. Good. Photograph by uscglantarea.