Happy Tuesday and welcome.
This week's challenge comes from the incredible Jenna Da Sie:
What are some helpful tools and resources that you use for writing?
I can sum that up in one word: Google.
I have no idea how we ever managed without it. Oh, yes, I remember hours and hours at the library, pouring through research books, which sadly never gave me enough of the details I was looking for. Google can tell me how far apart castles are in England, what food people ate in the 17th century and the symptoms of cyanide poisoning.
I found out what medicine was available during the Civil War and how many Black doctors there were then (fifteen). I discovered Smokey Row and what a sailing ship looked like in the 18th century. And the best part is I can stop writing just long enough to clarify a detail to make sure it's accurate and get right back to the story. Because sometimes I don't know what questions I need the answers to until I'm in the scene.
I am grateful for Google every day.
Some writers listen to specific music or light candles or dress up to write. Me? I make sure the dog is at my feet (or on the couch behind me), the room is quiet and Google is ready to go.
And coming soon.....