Thursday, November 2, 2017

What Would Your Search History Reveal?

As writers, we're always researching. And, of course, the best place to do most of that research is the internet.

I've had other authors talk about some of the things they've had to look up for the sake of the potency of their story. I know I've certainly had to look up some strange things!

Some of the things I've researched:

Pagan spells and potions.

Picking locks.

What wounds cause X amount of blood loss.

Types of guns.

Poisons.

Computer hacking.

Oh, I'm sure there are lots of other things, too. I just can't recall all of them at the moment. Other authors have researched inject-able drugs to knock people out immediately, what it feels like to be shot or stabbed. Effects of poisons. What people look like after being dead for X amount of time.

It's crazy, isn't it?!

Tell me in the comments, what's the weirdest/scariest thing you've Googled for book research? I look forward to reading your comments!!

4 comments:

John Howard said...

I definitely haven't researched what human flesh tastes like.

Raymond Wade said...

How much lye would it take to dissolve an average sized human body.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Weirdest research was on sea kelp. I learned more than I ever needed to know.

Mel Chesley said...

@John, it tastes like chicken! Or at least that's what the internet said. Lol!

@Alex Sea kelp? Wow. When I lived in Homer, Alaska, at the farmer's market, someone had pickled sea kelp bulbs. Nastiest thing I've ever tasted on this earth!