Bullshitting has its limits.
There is a lot of advice out there that says you should only write what you know, and even more that says to write anyfuckingthing you want.
The problem with the former is that most of us are less exciting than the stories we create, and the problem with the latter is that if you get it wrong, someone is going to be uncannily quick to point it out and leave you a scathing review about how unbelievable it is.
So, here are a few of the things I have had to Google in order to write my current in-progress novel:
- What does human meat taste like?
And, when that only yielded a particular result…
What does raw human taste like?
- How long does it take for blood to replenish?
- Intravaneous Immunoglobulin
- Dogs sniffing out diseases
- Direct blood transfusion
- Rolled steel factories in Texas
- Where is peyote indigenous
Ways to consume peyote
- Broken jaw symptoms
- Wiring shut a broken jaw
Note: After deciding to give my character a dislocated jaw instead, I watched a fun video of doctors popping someone’s back into place. Ugh.
- Prions from eating human meat
So, yeah. I might be on some kind of watchlist now, but a writer has to do her research.
What weird shit have you learned while writing about it?