The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?
While I love the idea that writers – especially those who write murder mysteries – have the most wonderful search histories, I’m afraid mine is rather dull & mundane.
The strangest thing I’ve ever googled was where the bombs fell on England during WWII. In the end, my historian boyfriend tracked down a map showing the location and type of all the bombs which fell on London, and other parts of England. It’s proved terrifically useful for my current co-written WIP – provisionally entitled “November Deadline” – a post-war thriller with fantasy elements.
The action segments take place in the area of East London now known as Docklands, where a lot of development has taken place after it sustained a vast amount of bomb damage during WWII. In doing my research, I’ve taken many a digital walk around London, alongside the River Thames and in the East End, spending hours looking at old photographs of the area to get a clearer picture of the London our characters would experience.
I’m fortunate in knowing West London pretty well and, whilst there have been changes since WWII, I had only limited research to do when our story takes place in that part of town. But I was very much in the dark about East London, and all that research has left me with a strong urge to walk the ground as it is now.
I’m a stickler for accuracy in fiction, even when the history is recent. Do you think it is ever OK to make a factual error in fiction?
© Debra Carey, 2019