I don’t know about you, but there are times—really awkward times—when I begin to question my methods as a writer.
For the most part, it’s a painless, solitary endeavor. Dig through some musty, old library books, consult a few experts online, and maybe take in some people-watching at the mall. No big deal. (Aside from the creepy factor on the last one.) But what about practical research? Have you ever shadowed someone in your MC’s field? Ever had to act things out to get the positioning down?
If you have, and it's ever put you in an awkward spot, I feel your pain. -_-
A few months ago, a delivery man showed up at my doorstep. Nothing out of the ordinary there, except for the fact that I didn't notice him. I'd missed the telltale warning-barks and the guy ninja-crept to my porch undetected.
The awkward part? I was handcuffed to a post in my living room at the time. (Nothing kinky, I swear!)
I’d spent the afternoon trying to gain insight into my MC’s struggle—and I did—but that was one hard fluster to play off. There's nothing quite like answering your door with red cuff-marks on your wrists. (Houdini, I am not.Thank goodness for quick release, “play” handcuffs!)
Anyway, what do you (or would you) do in the name of research?
P.S. Don't worry. He didn’t seem to notice my strange behavior. I just felt silly.
P.P.S. By silly, I mean ridiculously stupid. ;)