Writers are masters of the imagination, able to pull ideas from the ether and spin them into stories that entertain and captivate.
But how often is it that a writer has real life experience in what s/he’s writing about? And if not, how is s/he able to describe it all in a convincing manner?
The answer: research.
Whether it entails reading thick tomes on unfathomable subjects, interviewing people, or seeking to experience first-hand a situation from one’s novel, there’s a grand tradition in writing of going to great lengths to learn new things for the benefit of a story. This commitment to credibility in our craft will be the focus of this meetup.
The discussion kick-starter question is thus as follows:
“What is the craziest/most interesting thing you’ve ever done to help inform the events of a story?”
And/or for those who are just starting a new project and haven’t done any research yet:
“What topics do you need more information about to help inform the events in your story?” Maybe we can help!
And some bonus, research-related questions:
(1) Do you prefer to let your story needs drive your research or your preliminary research help dictate your story?” (2) How do you know when you’ve researched enough?
Other topics will also be discussed as they arise, in a relaxed, friendly manner.
New members welcome! Look for the "Vancouver Writers' Social Group" sign on the table.