The United States military from the 1930s onward. This is so I can find any inconsistencies or vague aspects I can fit a fictional detail into or around, as part of my story takes place at Area 51 and concerns covert operations.
I'm researching several things for two topics I keep switching back and forth for.
#1: Fantasy adventure story. Curses, magic and flying air ships are the majority of what I study. But I do come across random little details that I might like. Such as dragons.
#2: Fairy tales. Most from childhood. I'll be taking my favorite ones and either combining them or creating something new. At the moment, I'm halfway through the story research. I'm on 'Frog Prince'. I found a ton of stories with different endings & stories. I'll be reviewing disney's version and then see if I can find any short movies like on youtube.
I have been researching countless things, at least in order to write. Currently, I am attempting to figure out whether or not society would cower in fear from the protagonist of my novel series along with what they will be doing when they live with her.
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I'm just dabbling in whatever I need to make a particular scene work... I've looked at quite a bit to do with internal injury and that area of science, and a little about psychology for a few of the characters in my story. Mainly, I'm just trying to give each character a convincing mind and ultimately work on making the story work better within itself. I've done most of the external research I need and I picked a topic which I already know a fair bit about, so I don't think there's too much I need to look up. If I find anything, I'll just ask Google: job done.
My current round of library books includes a few about 18th century servants, one about Jesuits, a book of designs for peasant houses written by an 18th century architect, and one about the history of a particular village in France. I haven't gotten time to read those yet, though. The previous round was also 18th century France setting research stuff.
I also want to read at least a quick survey of the most important Enlightenment philosophers before I get too far in writing the story. And also some Machiavelli - I've got a character who needs to be consequentialist even though consequentialism wasn't quite a thing yet, and I've heard Machiavelli's ethics were pretty much consequentialist. (I'm trying to make sure I'm not giving the characters ideas and language that they wouldn't have encountered in their time, so I want to read a little of the sort of thing an educated 18th century person would be reading.)
I'm trying to research Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey." Gothic Horror novels from the 19th century, mafia operations from the depression era to post-wwii, the gestalt-principles of visual perception, and astronomy.
I'm currently renewing my research on the Hundred Years War. I've been reading up on Crecy and Agincourt to get a better sense of what led to the Lancastrian period of the war. Other areas of research I'm focusing on are: - How to write without overusing moments of high drama. - Mercenary, Police and Military strategies and tactics. - How to kill my inner editor. (I'm doing the prompt, he's just harder to kill than I originally thought he'd be.)
Philosophy Mythology and fables Maritime skills, navigation, proverbs, knots and common knowledge Fighting techniques with various weapons (cutlass, spear and hand to hand combat) Map-making Nomadic cultures Psychology AC/DC circuits methods and circuitry Ancient astronomy and astrology Anatomy (human and animal) Alchemy Clock/watch making
I'm currently researching more about writing and how to improve specific parts of it (time spent on description, pacing, how environment affects behavior...) but recently researched the effects of starvation on the human body, what effect low temperatures have on its healing processes, what types of animals are common to a below-freezing environment, and metal rusting.
When I have to research for writing, I end up having to research all kinds of things that seem entirely unconnected. For something I'm about to start, I'm researching apartment buildings (layouts and such), tulpas, different kinds of vampires, and a variety of mental disorders. Yesterday I spent around ten minutes looking up stuff about bedsheets for something I was writing.
I think the last thing I had to research for a story was a few months ago when I read a bunch of articles on how opium was traditionally smoked. I realized I had no idea and wanted to get it right. This story also required research into temporal lobe epilepsy and associated psychological issues, along with medications. I'm sure I will need to research genetics and epigenetics in more depth soon.
I'm sure I will need to research genetics and epigenetics in more depth soon. the first time my boyfriend talked to me about this i was so overwhelmed with information that my brain was bleeding. it's cool and all but man, give it to me in installments!
Haha. Luckily, the one scientist character is not the main focus and most of the story is outside his POV, so I don't need to develop the science *too* deeply, I just have to make sure the language is correct. I did write one passage without any research that sounded fairly convincing, so clearly I've absorbed enough from NOVA specials to fake it.
For the story I am currently writing I have had to do quite a bit of research into Greek mythology. I also had to do research on what the plaques on top of the Mountain "Pike's Peak" said, however I could not find any good sources so I went up there myself.
For the past few monts I've been researching: -Political differences in the United States during the Civil War -Civilian life during the Civil War -Life at the battlefield (Confederate to be exact) -Psychology -Novel and short-story structure -And lots more!
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I had to do a bit of research on human sacrifices in the great Meso/South-American indian nations. Turns out the Aztecs had a pretty hefty system for it which suits the story I'm writing perfectly..not that it plays a major part, just needed some historical tie in and didn't want to name people that didn't do such things.
Been doing a lot of research the last few months on hallucinogenic drugs/opiates (particularly laudanum) of the 19th century, tuberculosis, and Victorian London life I've been getting quite a bit of help and information, but just got a few new books for Christmas today on the subjects. Time to get reading!
Sounds like an awesome topic to research. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincey comes to mind, and so does Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his experimentations with opium. But i guess you probably have covered that ground with the research.
I actually purchased Confessions of an English Opium Eater at Maggs Bros. in London this summer when I was still living there! It was a print from the 1800s (one of the earlier editions of it)! I absolutely ADORE that copy and keep it wrapped up when I'm not looking at it. I don't want anything to happen to it
I actually did! It was extremely expensive originally (and British pounds are basically double USDs which I was technically spending), but since I showed so much interest in the store (it was at 50 Berkeley Square which I had written some small pieces on and was very interested in the attic hauntings and the police notices around the place ) they sold it to me cheaper. It was still around $100, but it was definitely worth it.
Military stuffs, apocalypse/survival skill stuff, making paint out of plants, palazzo architecture, Renaissance social structures (specifically Patronage), and the usual gunk of myth, legend, folklore, etc. that I'm always rifling through.
It's probably a couple months from completion but if you are interested, I'll be announcing it's completion on my dA page when it is finished. I tend to set most stories I write in either Australia specifically or somewhere "australia like". It's a "write what you know" kind of thing.
Same with me. I used to be pretty vague with settings, but I started defaulting to Australia (well, Sydney) because that was what I knew best. Occasionally I'll write about Singapore as well (I spent nine years there) but definitely a 'write what you know' thing. I'm not afraid to try out writing other settings though, but it'll just take more work in terms of research.