Writing Tip: Research Yields Glorious Inspiration

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Do you ever wonder why so many people want to be writers? There is the story telling aspect, of course. Throughout the ages bards have been some of the most sought after members of society. After all, there is no better way to forget you live in an age before deodorant was invented then to have someone tell a story and distract you.

In modern times, the storyteller is a hero(ine). Take me away from longest election cycle in the history of the world! I beg my favorite authors by buying books in stacks. I’m sure each of you have your own reasons.

But all of that is from the audience’s point of view. What is in it for the writer? Is it the glory? Maybe. Imagine seeing your name emblazoned on a book and archived in the Library of Congress. Even the IRS will forget who you are after you pass away but your books are archived in the Library of Congress!

Then there is the less academic reason: MAN CANDY.

Did you get caught raiding the internet for pictures of Gerard Butler? It’s research! Did your significant other do something really annoying just the other night and it’s bugging you? You can take comfort in the fact that the hero of your book would never do that. You might not be able to train your hubby, but you can edit your hero! And last but not least, lets not forget that once you combine research and photoshop the sky is the limit.

**Image caption: This is my friend Lillian Feisty who fell and broke her leg in three places on her first foray into the world of Roller Derby. See! Visual research is so much safer then the physical kind! This image is her in the emergency room (I wish I looked that great with a broken leg and no meds) photoshopped with the captain of international man candy, David Beckham. Get well soon Lil! Photoshop credit-Sabrina Brayden

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  • Anonymous says:

    Gwen, you are so lucky that Mr. Gwen is such a stauch supporter of the arts.

    Mel, me too!

  • Anonymous says:

    damn. I would willingly break my leg in multiple places if David Beckham in bed was my reward…

  • Anonymous says:

    Research research research.

    Mr. Gwen has offered his services in the research dept also, should I choose to write erotic romance. What a guy, huy?

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL. I just can’t believe Sabrina took Lily’s hospital picture and managed to make her hot in bed with David Beckham. If that’s not turning lemons into lemonade I don’t know what is!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hehe.. It’s all in the name of research. Dana said so!

    🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I knew it would leak eventually, Feisty. These things never stay under wraps long. What will Manroot say??

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m so not good at multi-tasking. I thought I was, but then I saw the pic and had a major case of the drooling. I completely forgot what movie I was watching, when I remembered I was watching one.

  • Anonymous says:

    Indeed.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, you’ve got virtual David Beckham and you still have time to comment?

    See, woman ARE awesome multi-taskers.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was hoping this picture wouldn’t make it to the internet, but what’s a girl to do.

    Good times.