In real estate it’s location, location, location, but a teacher told me once in writing it’s research, research, research.
I am in need of facts and insight for my WIP — and I have no idea where to go. It’s the sort of thing where if I had a buddy who worked for the FBI, I might be able to pester them with questions in order to better understand the issues and write about the subject matter in a way that’s accurate.
But I don’t have such a buddy… And if I called my local FBI office and started asking them strange random questions… Well I’d end up a list somewhere. Heck, I’m probably going to end up on a list just for posting this and all the unusual things I’ve Googled over the past week.
I’m scratching my head and getting nowhere with internet searches and coming up empty looking for books on the subject.
What do you do when faced with a big black box of unknown? Just wing it? I suppose it’s fiction and I’m supposed to be able to do that…
If you’ve been faced with a research dilemma, what’s your solution?