Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pondering The Fun of Research And Icebergs
I love research. I love the hunt for those tiny bits of obscure information that make the story come to life.
My current series Double Vision is all about the hunt for artifacts that have dangerous powers; the first book features a famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, which meant I got to dig deep into the man's life history. Double Vision is set in Paris, so I had to map his route, and refresh my memory with Parisian photos off the internet and travel guides, to get the details right.
But still. A lot of what made da Vinci interesting--his kindness toward animals, his tendency to start things but not finish them--that stuff made it into the book in small but (to me) significant ways.
I guess research is like an iceberg. You need that pile of books and web surfing to find those nuggets that make up the tip. Or something like that...
How about you fellow writerly people? Do you enjoy research as much as I do?