The Real Deal
Research, as I have mentioned in a previous blog, is a very important part of writing.
“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.” – Samuel Johnson
Credibility, authenticity, realism, only to name a few, is the reason that we do so much research for our books.
I am always striving for accurate facts from live sources as opposed to relying solely on books or the internet. Records, manuals, and how-to books are supportive, but they rarely show the whole picture. What I need is the entirety of a topic. Talking to people who are knowledgeable in that area not only substanciates what I’ve already learned but also gives details, including all the emotions and difficulties relating to the field.
This blog is not about research, it is about the people that I interview to get my information.
It always amazes me how eagerly people are willing to share their knowledge and experiences. When I approach someone to get information from him or her, other than accommodating their busy schedule, they are more than willing to meet and share with me their extensive knowledge over a cup of coffee. Within that time, not only do I receive a wealth of information from a professional, but also their practical and personal experiences, having ‘been there and done it.’ These people are the real deal.
Meeting with so many people of different professions, makes this one of my favorite facets of researching. I have sat down with a cave dweller, seaman, psychologist, police sergeant, lawyer, healer, doctor, politician, petrologist (someone who studies rocks), and the list goes on. These professionals take pride in what they do and they do their jobs well. The zealousness in which they talk about their profession or hobby is contagious. I always find myself totally immersed in their conversations and absorbing their enthusiasm.
I remember my meeting with a seaman who told me about his triumphs and ordeals aboard a ship. Although I am not a water person and have no desire to travel the seas, I found myself utterly captivated by his stories.
It is wonderful to see others who are so passionate about what they do. I believe passion is what makes them so devoted and proficient at their job.
I dedicate this blog to them, for giving me their valuable time and sharing what is a big part of their life with me. My stories are richer because of their help, and I have become a better person, by them touching my life.
Thanks to all of you for your gracious support!