Check out this post from Rachel Poli’s blog on how to research properly for your mystery novel. It’s part of her mystery novel month series.
For me, the writing process is pretty straightforward and fairly simple. I outline, then I write. Then I edit and rewrite and so on and so forth.
During the outlining part of the process, that’s when I do the bulk of my research. When it comes to writing about mystery, there’s a lot of research to do.
Who is who
One thing I always look up is ranks of the people in law enforcement, what their job entails, what tools they use, and what day to day life is like for them while working.
For example, I’ll research a coroner and figure out where they typically work, what tools they use to examine bodies, the paperwork they draw up, what they do day in and day out, and more.
The same goes for a detective, police chief, forensic scientists, and more.
How to kill
Yes, we all have to research…
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