Forum Friday: Research in Writing

The floor is yours, fellow writers:

What is the most recent (or most interesting) thing you’ve researched for the sake of your writing?

I’ll get things rolling with a few things I’ve researched for my novel-in-progress recently:

  • Pretentious first names
  • Pretentious last names
  • Cloning (long-term research)
  • How to read people. I found this incredibly interesting (not to mention useful for narration!) and ended up spending several hours reading through search results. Here were some of my favorites: 1) How to Read Body Language 2) 18 Tips for Reading People) 3) 25 Common Gestures

How about you?