This summer when I was home in San Diego, I went on a very special research trip. I took a flying lesson over La Jolla in an experimental airplane built by the pilot, Jeremiah D. Jackson. The plane — the Urban Coyote — had recently been rebuilt after crashing in the mountains, an accident that… Continue reading Video: I flew a plane!
This is the last post in a series I’ve done on visiting the real-life locations your story is set in. Last week I asked how well you thought you could write about a place you’ve never seen, and I gave nine reasons you should visit your setting if at all possible. Today I’m giving you… Continue reading 4 tips to make the most of your research trip
Earlier this week, I asked how well you can describe a place you’ve never been to. In the comments, most people believed writers can describe real-life locations pretty well as long as their research is good enough. In general, I think that’s probably right. But it doesn’t all come down to research. It’s also a… Continue reading 9 reasons to visit your real-life setting
Research – love it or hate it, it’s vital for any well-written story. If, like my critique partner Suzanne Johnson, you write urban fantasy and paranormal romance, you might find your bookshelf filled with fun titles like The Complete Guide to the Undead. I’m jealous; my shelves are filled with war diaries. As a contemporary… Continue reading One day in a time machine