Suffer For the Sake of Research
I did some hands-on research for one of my children’s books. I think it’s easier to demonstrate it in a videoclip. I guess technically this is a vlog on my blog.
Click here if you have sound (to see the full demonstration):
If you don’t have sound, here’s a quick rundown of what’s in the video, minus some seriously important details:
Step 1: To get the full sensory effects my 10-year-old character experiences, first I had to tease my hair. Nah-nah-nah–nah nah nah!
Step 2: To build a bouffant, I needed a base. This was accomplished by using many ponytail holders, one on top of the other, to get the middle chunk of hair to stick straight up.
Step 3: My base trunk of hair needed reinforcement. You can see it’s starting to flop to one side. I found a big old honkin’ curler. The hair stuck to it when I pulled it up. Worked great!
Step 4: Hairspray. Tons of spray. Get a good whiff of the fumes. Smell is an important sensory detail to include in your writing. Cough, cough. Warning: Research can be nauseating. Take notes of your results. Gotta touch it. Describe it.
How’s it feel? Like someone dumped a can of flea powder on my scalp, that’s how.
Sometimes we’ve gotta suffer in the name of research.
What have you done in the name of research?
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