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.

Or….

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

6/13/13

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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