It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thank you to November 6th’s IWSG co-hosts: Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie! Today we will look at my internet search history, as I answer the optional IWSG question for the month:
“What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?”
I think most writers fear the FBI may get ahold of their search history. Imagine if Mary Shelley lived in the 21st century. What would her search history look like?
My Search History
For me, most of my search history is related to health topics related to cancer, since those are the books and the blog posts I most often write. However, a couple of years ago I wrote the 1st draft of my mystery, “The Nature of Murder.” I wrote it during the month of November for Nanowrimo.
My search history included:
How to grow marijuana
Determining a knife blade by the wound it makes
Blood spatter evidence
Poaching sturgeon for their eggs
Dining cars in trains
Using bear spray properly
Blinding someone with sand
You get the idea. My search history was interesting.
Writers have to learn how to be bad guys and good guys. If your story is going to be half-decent, you want to have the details as accurate as possible.
For me, the best thing I did was to interview a conservation officer about his job and what his thoughts were on my story’s plot. He gave me fantastic advice and loaned me a book filled with the kinds of details that the internet is missing. Sometimes, the World Wide Web is so big that the little things get lost. So my advice is to look to sources outside of Google, as well.
If your search history has ever included “How do you help a friend who has cancer” I have the answer! “Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone who has Cancer,” has just been updated and revised. I am really proud of it. Grab a copy today!
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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:
I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.