‘What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?’

Creativity is a must have when writing short stories. Variance and interesting topics really reach out and grab people’s attention. An interesting story can stick with someone for a lifetime. There’s only one problem. How far are you willing to go to make one?

As writers, we’ve all been there. Set your browser to private viewing, and hope no one notice what your researching.  You want to make your story as accurate as possible, but to do that, you have to look up things you’d think you’d never have to look up. Whether or not you feel like taking a long shower afterwards is entirely up to you, but I’ve had my own experiences with research.

They were awesome. Well, most of them.

I’m currently in the process of writing up a full version of a short story called The Brute. The original idea merely came up from the dark recess I call my brain, but to research the longer version, I did 2 things:

Watch Japanese monster movies:

The first ever recorded Alcoholics Anonymous meeting ended rather violently 

Well, no story about giant monsters is without giant monsters. Much of the inspiration for all the Brute’s designs were based off of various designs from the Godzilla franchise. I’d never really watched a lot of these movies before, so this was a great chance to actually see these. Granted, quite a lot of them were God-awful, but it was nice seeing how these creatures looked. I feel really bad for Tokyo though. It’s pretty much a monster’s playing playground at this point. Secondly:

Played Shadow of The Colossus:

The first ever recorded Alcho… oh… wait… made that joke already… nevermind…

If there’s any game I’ve loved as much as Shadow of the Colossus, I haven’t found it yet. The whole setting and feel of the game was a real treat, and it gave me a crap-ton of inspiration for both the monsters, and the landscape of the world. As for characters and story, well, there wasn’t much in either the movies or the video game.

To get the characters, I had to do something to create my scheming, sociopathic character. Which meant, much to my disdain, looking up cases and reports of sociopathy. Yep, nothing better than spending a Sunday evening reading up on a million different Ted Bundys. My mind pretty much ended up in the gutter with a bottle of Single malt whiskey afterwards. I hope to God that this story turns out alright. I don’t want to revisit psychotic-research land again…

Thanks again To Teens Can Write Too! for letting ,e in on this. Hopefully I’ll be able to chip in on more of these chains. For now, please go have a look at the others participating in the chain. You won’t regret a thing.

-Fiachra

Participants:

5thhttp://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/

6thhttp://deborahrocheleau.wordpress.com/

7thhttp://bloodoverithaca.wordpress.com/

8thhttp://charleyrobson.blogspot.com/

9thhttp://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

10thhttp://nonconformistwriter.blogspot.com/

11thhttps://dearsaul.wordpress.com/

12thhttp://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

13thhttp://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/

14thhttp://cinderscoria.blogspot.com/

15thhttp://emilyvaneaton.wordpress.com/

16thhttp://www.brookeharrison.com/

17thhttp://thespasticwriter.blogspot.com/

18thhttp://veewhoa.wordpress.com/

19thhttp://www.mandilynn.com/

20thhttp://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com/

21sthttp://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com/

22ndhttp://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com

23rdhttp://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/

24thhttp://anomalous93.blogspot.com/

25thhttp://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

26thhttp://ktlemonhead.wordpress.com/

27thhttp://dreamerheadquarters.wordpress.com/

28thhttp://paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com/

29thhttp://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/

30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)

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