One of the less fun aspects of writing fiction is research. The amount that needs to be done depends on what you are writing because some stories necessitate more than others. It makes for a more authentic story. This is a list of the research I ended up doing for my 6,000 word story about a man that kills himself. I don’t want to mention the name of the story because I’m going to submit it to literary magazines in August. I probably used like 5-10% of the info that I read about. If you try to cram in too much technical stuff the story sounds forced.
By far the worst scene of the whole story was the car crash. I hated writing it. Action scenes are hard to write, and this one was intense. How do you convey the horror of getting in a car crash and watching your girlfriend die in a fiery cage of twisted steel?! Ugh. I gave it my best shot XD I have a few weeks to distance myself before I submit so I may come back and revise that part. My favorite scene was probably the intro where he shoots himself. I guess that sounds morbid XD I mean I enjoyed writing it. Perhaps because I have been on the brink of suicide before so it was cathartic to write about it.
List of Research Topics
1. Pictures of compound fractures (The pictures gave me nightmares D:)
2. Accounts from people surviving near death experiences
3. Accounts from car crash survivors
4. The taste of different vodkas
5. Guns, what they look like and how to shoot one
6. How long can someone survive after a bullet wound to the chest
7. Videos of car crashes (I hated this. It was awful)
8. Videos of drunk driving
9. Treatment for a gunshot wound
10. What year the Seattle Seahawks were playing the Superbowl (random I know XD)
11. Jail time for manslaughter due to drunk driving (I ended up not using this info)