Resources! The World for Resources!

I find when I’m writing I prefer to have hard copy resources. These can be in the form of a book, a print out or even a photo. I want to be able to touch it, mark it, file it where I deem appropriate.

Last spring I purchased a used book that is an encyclopaedia of mythical, magical creatures. I already have a very good understanding of this kind of lore due to the courses I took in university and high school. However, sometimes there are things that I don’t know (shocking, right?!) and sometimes it’s good to get a refresher. I’ve been out of school for like, 10 years now.

In Three Abandoned Kingdoms I’ve introduced firearms as a method of weaponry. I do  not own guns, I have never held a gun and I rarely see them (I live in Canada). I wanted to buy a sort of encyclopaedia of firearms. The issue I tend to run into is the cost. Someone was selling a very small booklet, approximately 50 pages with illustrations, for $25 a while ago. That is just not something I could afford. The book about creatures is about 1000 pages long with illustrations and is a hard cover which I purchased for $5. That can be the issue when  you buy used.

Before you say it, yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I can look online and I can Google guns and such. But my issue is that I don’t have the basic background. I don’t even know the different kinds of guns available. Most of my knowledge comes from video games and when you play fantasy games like I do, they aren’t always realistic. There is a particular character that is using firearms; Gavin. He’s the leader of a mercenary group and I feel like he would favour a sawed-off shotgun. I have an idea of what that looks like, but as I said, I would prefer a picture or a diagram that I can write on, that I can copy and paste into my character record book. I may type up my story on a computer but all the other information is in a small lined paper book I received for Christmas a long time ago.

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Character Record Book, people.

I also use music as a resource. Certain scores or song evoke certain emotions and can make writing a specific scene easier for me. I used to have a hard cover book of baby names that I wrote in, earmarked and carried wherever I was writing. Especially back in the days when I wrote my stories in notebooks because laptops either didn’t exist or were too expensive (yes, I’m old). I got quite a few looks lugging those things around.

Once my funds increase again, I may have to take a trip to the used book store.

 

Posted by Sarah Jayne

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