An odd thought occurred to me today while reading Star Trek Nemesis. When Captain Picard says, “Fire at will,” does Commander Riker ever fear for his safety? I mean, everyone calls him Will. What if everyone on the bridge turned their phasers on him?
Ever think about things like this?
You’re writing your novel and you get to a scene where you need to know about the mating rituals of squid, but you have no idea what they do. What can you do? You research it!
Research is a very important part of writing a novel, especially if you want it to be realistic. I’ve read a novel that was obviously not well-researched, because they had basic scientific and historic facts incredibly incorrect. If you need to know about Mongolian throat singing, the mechanics of spirographs, or how a fungus can turn ants into zombies, then research it.
You can use the internet, go to a library, buy a book, or check out scientific papers. There are many resources you can use. Being in Japan, I tend to use the internet for my research, as the libraries here are completely Japanese. I’m not interested in buying more books at the moment, since we’ll be moving to Canada next year, and I don’t need more books to haul overseas.
I’ve done research on a few things, including relatively nearby stars that are similar to our sun, current theories on warping space for faster-than-light space travel, Koppen climate classification, and more.
I have a question for all of you who have done research for writing. What are the most unusual things you’ve researched? Leave your comments below.