Monday, November 05, 2012

Research on the fly

How-to videos on Youtube are an indespensable research tool. I know all you writers know that. I just had to give a shout out today for the ease and convenience of it all.

Here's one I used a few minutes ago to help me write a new scene that edits call for in the debut novel.


Thanks The Hills Health Ranch and Farrier Ron Burfoot (and Honey).

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  1. Yes! Having never been to the short-grass Kansas prairie, I relied on a 30 second YouTube loop to help me get things right. :)

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    1. Yes, setting is a great thing to hunt for on YouTube. A great one for me was a man flying in a tiny plane, landing along West Canada Creek in the Adirondack foothills. I got to see the view from low aerial down to river level, and even shared it with the cover artist. Perfect!

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  2. Fun!! I love You Tube videos for research. Some of the one's I've looked up are "how to shave with a straight razor" this was actually quite entertaining, more than the "how to skid logs with a horse." It's such a handy resource! This is my first time popping in since you changed your look. It's beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Joanne. Just like a novel, I feel like this website is a work in progress. I'm already tempted to fiddle with it!

      We are so blessed to be able to travel over distance and time via YouTube for story research, and don't even have to leave our writing chairs.

      Although leaving that chair is a good thing too! Nothing like actually doing or seeing what we write about. If that were only possible, day by day.

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