Planning a Novel : Research

After outlining for my mystery novel I start my research. There are four areas where I mostly conduct my research: Names, Job, Setting and Similar Stories.

Names

I always start with character names when researching. Part of me feels like if I know their names before I start creating them I will know more about them very quickly. I like to pick somewhat different, unique names. I also like to look at their meaning, hoping it will describe the character somehow.

Below are a couple of websites I use for names:
Nameberry
Babynames.com
Sheknows

Job

Then I move onto what my characters do for work. If I don’t know too much about their jobs then I will look up a brief description of their duties. If their job is important to the story then I will dig deeper so I have plenty of references to use.

Right now the main characters are hairstylists, a teacher and of course law enforcement.

Setting

Next I decide where the story will take place. Either in a real city or one I create. So far I’ve only created the cities for my stories. Mostly because I can create every aspect of the town instead of learning every minuscule detail of a real town.

The town where my novel takes place is in the fictional town of Lander, VT located in the Northeast Kingdom. Personally I’ve never been but the pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’m excited at using this location.

Similar Stories

Since this is a mystery novel I’ve been reading more crime novels and researching similar cases. I like to see how other authors set up their characters and how the investigation unfolds. It helps me gauge if my story is flowing smoothly and makes sense.

Do you research? How does it help you? What websites do you use?

Happy Weekend

Summer night fun…

Got a full weekend of writing ahead of me. Not that I’m complaining. It’s going to be hot, hot, hot outside.

Really pushing myself to work on my novel so I can finish it soon. I have no idea how long it will take me to find an agent and get this novel out there. I keep imagining the worst but realistically I have no idea how long it will take. Trying to stay in denial for as long as possible! hahaha

Happy weekend everyone.

Books to TV

Some books to a movie deserve more than just 2 hours in a theater. They should be stretched out, examined through a series to give the story, the characters another chance to captivate the world.

I’ve always been a fan of a good cop show. Two that come to mind that I enjoyed are Sherlock & Bones.

What book to show do you like best? Least?

Which book(s) should be turned into a TV show?

 

How I read

When I read my novel I wonder how others will read it. Will they emphasize where I do? Will they let the magnitude of what was just said, what has just transpired sink in before reading on?

I guess it is the storyteller in me to add a little flair when I read. Especially when I read outloud.

How do you read?