If you're working on a story that depends on expert information, but you're no expert, you'll need to do some research. Many writers don't want to spend the time digging up information on technical details. They'd rather be writing. This writer feels the same, but no one wants to read a misinformed tale.
Let's not waste time. Here are five plus one great sites with more information than you need to create a flawless story.
Color - a jam-packed website with everything you want to know about color. Did you know that more males than females experience color-blindness? If you have a violent character thrown in jail, how might he behave if the cell is pink?
Medical Conditions - find every medical condition imaginable (and those you can't pronounce) in this abundant ABC list of diseases. How might acupuncture cure your protagonist's nausea? If your character has asthma, could he eventually outgrow it?
College majors - discover the many college majors offered at American universities. How about a Fisheries and Wildlife major to send your character on the road to saving the planet? If she's better suited to being a doctor, could her undergraduate degree be religion?
Gardening - learn the difference between an annual and a perennial. What might happen if your character mistakes a dandelion bulb for a shallot and ingests it?
Weather - understand the difference between a gale and a gust. When is hurricane season? How will your character prepare for one?
Here's the plus one: Author Fiona Quinn dishes up everything you need to know for your crime or mystery novel. Prepare your heroine for a bold escape, or plan your villain's accidental demise. Fiona has it all.
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