IWSG – Research

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Hey fellow worriers

I think this month’s topic is very apt as I continue to try and write a book with no one to ask for answers (no one I dare ask)

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

I wouldn’t say it’s cool but I have spent endless hours researching Murder, and ID of dead bodies and my current favorite missing persons, though a programme on the BBC recently helped with that, when I typed in the right word hey presto and where I had previously been stopped because I am not a member of the police force it appears if you google the right thing then you don’t need to be.

I am also an avid readers of Rebecca Bradley’s blog on police procedure and when I started writing an interview scene I went back to check it was right..

Someone once said just write the damn story and go back and check that it is right afterwards.. and where as what I have written procedure is right at the moment who knows if it will be when I get to the dreaded editing stage!

I was told that if you ask Siri where can I hide a dead body it’s responses are slightly amusing (small things)

The thing I am musing about most at the moment other than damn story lines and plot holes is why are competitions so expensive to enter? £15!!! one the other day.

it’s like if you don’t have loads of money, you can go to writing events / courses as some of them cost an arm and a leg! And you can’t enter competitions for the same reason. I guess I am just a struggling writer going no where fast.

 

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9 thoughts on “IWSG – Research

  1. For my debut novel, a mystery set against the horse world, my antagonist had his own rules but tried to stick to procedure. I tended to use the internet to check things but at one point I emailed a police force in Norfolk and got a useful reply back. Most UK forces have some sort of PR person. When I lived in North Wales, I started work on a series of mysteries featuring a Goth biker detective so needed to check a lot of things – their website did have a few useful things on appearance rules, like no visible tattoos or piercings. But their PR department never answered. Fortunately, a friend knew a policewoman and an ex-assistant commissioner so they have been answering questions. But now I’m in the US so going to be harder and need to ensure I ask the right person to avoid arrest.

    I can’t afford courses either, although I did enter a free short story competition that had a fee for the judge’s feedback. Otherwise, I just stick to blogs and books.

    For the UK police recommend 218 Facts A writer needs to know about the Police by Kevin N Robinson. He also edited the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers and that has some good contacts.

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  2. Did you end up asking Siri? What did she say? Maybe I should try it later today. 🙂

    I hear you about the expensive fees for events and competitions to be able to set your foot in the door as a writer. I don’t have the budget for it, so I plot along on my own as well. Maybe in the future, I’ll figure out how to deal with promotion. I am way too early in the writing process to worry about it now. 🙂 I do think there are free contests as well, though, if you can find them.

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  3. Competitions are indeed expensive. Luckily, there are other, less expensive options. Submissions to magazines or journals are usually free, or much less expensive. Also, I asked Siri where to hide the dead body, and she replied “what, again?” Cheeky.

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  4. It’s probably good advice to write first, fact check later. But I get so many ideas from the research–ideas I’d never thought of before. Fun!

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