This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?
I routinely Google stuff like “What does the Hudson River smell like?” or “What’s a wolf den smell like?” You can’t get that stuff from a video or text but it adds wonderful sensory detail readers love. I don’t always find people who’ve posted about a topic but it works often enough, I keep trying.
My current WIP, Against All Odds, didn’t work out as originally drafted. In fact, my characters left the geographic location I thought would be their home and traveled over the Pyrenees, around glaciers, and across a land bridge to reach a new location I knew nothing about: Britain 850,000 years ago. There isn’t a lot written about the human occupation of Britain 850,000 years ago (historians only recently realized there were people there at that time) so–while not a strange topic, it was a strange deviation from my expectations!
How about you?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds Winter 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning