But hey, books can be complicated. Maybe one of your characters commits a crime, or one gets hurt and you have to search for what happens during blood loss (it was a vampire story, ok??). Not every story is happy and fluffy and requires zero sinister or questionable activity.
I've had a particular story on my mind for the past few days and I was thinking about all of the research I'm going to have to do for it. And when you put all of those things together, it seems like a very screwed up kind of story. So that's what I did. Put all of the things I have already searched for or will eventually have to search for in order to write this book into one weird list. Some of the things are more tame, others are not.
So here are all of the potential Google searches for this particular novel, whose title is most likely going to be Truth or Dare, and I may or may not ever write it. It could just stay in the back of my brain forever.
- Colleges in New York City
- Wedding announcements
- Private investigators (although I'm more than likely going to have a character find another one through Facebook instead)
- Paternity testing
- Candy Land
- Do open bars ask for ID?
- Characteristics of an abusive relationship
- Types of recreational drugs
- Effects of rohypnol
- Several legal questions, including:
- Third degree assault
- Attempted sexual assault
- What the victim has to go through to report these things
- How likely it would be prosecuted & what happens when the defendant pleads guilty
- Also, statute of limitations on a past crime
- How long does a black eye take to heal?
- Bunk beds
I figured I'd end on a light note there with the bunk beds. And maybe at some point I should write just a normal, happy, fluffy story. Yeah, at some point...
Question: What's the weirdest thing you've ever had to Google while writing a story?