How far are you willing to go for research?
Normally, my answer is: very
But I find myself in a unique situation where I need to research something I am so completely unfamiliar with that it somewhat terrifies me. What is this frightful new area to explore? Fashion.
I know next to nothing about fashion. If you looked at my closet you would agree and possibly recommend remedial fashion classes immediately. What possessed me to write a secondary character that is fascinated by fashion? Heaven knows, but now that she’s the main character in a short story I’m writing for an anthology, suddenly that character needs to have depth. To make matters worse, the fashion scene plays into a story turn, so I need to know something about that too.
Heaven help me.
Or perhaps Google? YouTube? The latest copy of Elle? I think I would be more comfortable exploring an uncharted section of the Amazon rainforest. In fact, I know I would.
What research area sends you scurrying?