Immersive Research

So you want to tell a story and you want to base it in a world or culture that’s very different from the one you and your readers live in.

How do you keep it from seeming contrived or flat? How do you build such a world in a way that makes it believable to a reader who’s never been there?

Well, you can spend months or even years building up a world structure down to the barest molecule and cultural norm – and it can still fall flat.


One of the best ways to build such a culture in writing is to find some way to immerse ourself in it- to live at least in part in that world for a little while.

  • Want to write a romance in the kitchen of a great restaurant? Watch a lot of cooking shows or better yet, see if you can work in a kitchen for awhile.
  • Want to write a romance of the sea at the turn of the century? Visit a walk thru museum/ village like Mystic Seaport and interact with the citizens of that village.
  • Want to tell a tale of adventure in the time of the civil war? Try visiting one of the civil war enactments that are open to the public

I’m going to be working at a renaisance faire this weekend. This not only gives me a chance to dress up and sell my books, but also to immerse myself in what it would be like to live in a medieval or fantasy world, and I’ll come away with a lot of impressions that may find their way into future stories.

So give it some thought. How can you immerse yourself in your writing?

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here

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