Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Going all the way
What are writers willing to do for their craft?
Mystery writers will go a long way for verisimilitude. NorCal Sisters in Crime took up arms at a gun range a couple of weeks ago, to experience what so many protagonists do.
Writers go on ride-alongs with local police and sometimes take on the jobs of their protagonists. I myself risk sniffing too much glue in order to carry out the miniature projects my character does.
How important is this? Of course we need to get our "facts" straight, and experiencing the weight and feel of a gun can be useful as we write.
So, should we walk down a dark alley in the worst part of town late at night, hoping we'll have the experience of a mugging or a gunshot wound?
Marie Curie, who discovered radioactivity (loosely speaking), left many notebooks and diaries for posterity. The problem is that they're all still radioactive and whoever wants to read them has to be carefully monitored. Biographers have to sign a medical release before being granted access.
What's the most dangerous/risky thing you've ever done for your craft?
Readers: what would you like to see writers do?