Of Writers and Prose: Getting caught up in your writing.
May 11, 2015 2 Comments
Mostly, this comes by way of research and that’s where it got me too. I’ve been working on an apocalypse novel so doing research on survival is a necessity. I want the reader to really believe these characters can take care of themselves ‘off the grid’, as it were, and know what they’re doing. I did a lot of reading on homemade water purification, what to put in a bugout-bag, weapons one should carry, along with many other things. It got to the point where I found myself in a pet store, looking over the packaged charcoal they have for fish tanks and wondering how much one would buy. If the world fell apart tomorrow, there’s no way they’d have anything back up and running right away and fresh water is a needed commodity. Not to mention wandering down the hunting supply aisle in Wal-Mart looking at hunting knives and other needful things, all the time my husband was frowning at me and wondering what the hell I was doing because I told him years ago…I DON’T LIKE CAMPING!
*takes a deep breath*
Okay, where was I?
I understand that an author will put things from their lives into their stories, but how often do situations or circumstances from their stories insert themselves into authors lives? Everywhere I look I take note of whether or not that place would be safe if civilizations falls apart. What would I do? How would I react? Do we have enough food? Water? Q-Tips? What would be the items people would overlook? How can I use those overlooked items to survive…I mean, how can my characters use them to survive.
I think I’m a lost cause. If you need me, I’ll be at the Bulk Barn, figuring out how much six months’ worth of dried good will cost me.