Saturday, April 20, 2013

[Linkage] R is for Research

Note: My A-Z theme is linkage. Every day (at 7:00 a.m. EST), I'm going to list three helpful industry links per letter, and then I'll ask for suggestions in the comments—that way, we can pool our resources! :)


R is for Research:

How do you do your research?

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lydia's Medical Mondays are great.

Fairview said...

So helpful! Thanks for these!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Research is essential.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I have to check out TV Tropes!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

These are terrific! Thanks, Carrie!

Julia King said...

I've been thinking about some research I have to do for my WIP (I've been putting it off). You first link may just be my answer. Thanks Thanks Thanks!

Carrie Butler said...

They're always so interesting! :)

Connie B. Dowell said...

I love T.V. tropes. It's fun to see how your work fits into or doesn't fit into established tropes.

ilima said...

Oh, cool. I'm off to check out the medical tips.

Nancy Thompson said...

Google!! I just had the best compliment on the ER scene in my book. The reader was a cardiac tech & said I was spot on & surely I had medical experience. I said, "Nope. Just Google!" But I'm definite gonna check out The Experts.

Carrie-Anne said...

I've done my research from various books, both non-fiction and historical novels, along with reference books and news articles. I also use sites like Behind the Name and a couple of foreign language sites for names. One of my more recent favorite online resources is http://www.alphadictionary.com/slang/. It saves a historical writer the embarrassment of using an anachronistic word, like dork in the 1940s or sucks in the 1960s.

Carrie Butler said...

No problem, Fairview! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Amen! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Prepare to lose several hours... ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Joylene! You're very welcome. :)

Trisha F said...

Great resources! Anyone who wants to write a story with medical facts in it would do well to check out Lydia's Monday collection for sure.

Carrie Butler said...

I hope so! I found my Latin expert there. :)

No problem, Julia!

Tara Tyler said...

your links are tremendous!
i sent myself an emil for h, i, l, & m
and congrats so much on your interview! ah! incredible!

yay for carrie!

Mark Means said...

I've spent a bit of time on T.V. Tropes....great link :)

Carrie Butler said...

It is, isn't it? I've always been a fan of the anti-hero. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Enjoy! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Sounds like a great commercial for Google. Cash in on that! ;)

Carrie Butler said...

What a wonderful resource! Thanks for sharing Carrie-Anne. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Trisha! :) Oh, you bet. If nothing else, they're always interesting!

Carrie Butler said...

Why thank you, Tara! :) I appreciate that!

Carrie Butler said...

Easy to lose time there, isn't it? ;) Thanks, Mark!

Melissa said...

Great links! I was periodically mourning the loss of a huge email writing group (made up of diverse writers/professionals who would answer such questions) until now. :)

CrimeSceneWriters yahoo group is another good resource.
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/crimescenewriter/

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for the addition, Melissa! It sounds like a great group. :)