“There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better.”
I stare at my laptop screen as the video buffers.
“Every writer needs inspiration, and I found mine.”
I found mine too.
But I know what you’re thinking: This Blog Chain isn’t about inspiration.
It’s about Research.
So what are these queer sentences that we’re reading?
^This, my mates, is my research.
I spend uncountable hours watching my favorite crime show: Castle. (Sometimes, even over and over again)
And why? you must ask, do I call this my research?
Well – Since I’m working on Crime/Detective fiction, it comes handy. The story itself is about a writer and how his intuitive skills help the NYPD catch the bad guys. He acts like a 12 year old kid on sugar rush, his nights are usually passed behind a computer screen and his inspiration and muse is a bad ass female detective.
He procrastinates his writing a lot too. It kinda reminds me of myself (and several others out there!)
But mostly, I like his taste for authenticity – which means, how he likes to keep things as realistic as possible.
And after watching over 100 episodes of Castle – I know over a 100 ways of killing a person … I mean, character! Not a person, character. (Phew… that was close)
So yes, I use crime shows as lessons or research.
And Castle, is the coolest among them!
(Please do watch it!)
So moving on with killing peopl.. I mean, characters, one of the things I’ve found out through research is that chloroform – which we usually see in movies as a tool to disable people and get them unconscious – is kind of lie.
Chloroform can not really knock out a person in five seconds. BAM! +Plus it’s very hazardous and can cause death too. So in case you wanna knock out one of your characters, a blow to their heads is much more suitable.
Another awesome thing that I researched about are these lovely weapons (picture above) know as Shurikens or Ninja Stars. It’s another falsification I was living in, regarding them as death weapons. (Since so many movies portray them as one) Shurikens are mostly used to cause distraction wounds or wounds that could later get festered. But the cool thing about them, of course, is that they as used by Ninjas.
Now why would one use a gun?
Just like this, my research includes a lot of ways to die. Dog bites and radio active materials, included.
I’m not a psychopath, I swear.
But another interesting information I came across was on smoking.
When you ask a person how will smoking most likely get you killed?
They answer, saying, lung cancer.
While this true – majority of smokers die from cardiovascular disease – primarily heart disease and strokes.
So, yeah. Cleared the air for another misconception.
But all this research is just the cherry on the cake. (which is very yummy!)
My real research is not all that great (compared to the rest of you’ll) – My google history is full of entries of ‘Parts of a car’ and ‘Types of cars’ and ‘Blueprints of a car engine’ – cause I don’t know a thing about them! And I use my online dictionary all the while and study new words – A lot of my research is on grammar lessons and mistakes that people tend to make. And about how many holes a sponge might have? Which drugs might cause the strongest hallucinations? – Or finding out that ‘Bloody’ and several other words that I shall not type here, are part of British slang.
So that’s that!
I know I really haven’t dug out mind-blowing research materials. But I’m getting to it:)
As Castle says, “As a writer, I can think of no greater terror than confronting a blank page, except perhaps the terror of being shot at.”
Discovering quotes is a research too? I don’t know.
Please check out these awesome blogs, as well. (Links given below)
I’m so happy to be a part of this Blog Chain! 😀
“What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?”
19th – http://www.mandilynn.com/
30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)