1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation.
2. familiarity with a particular subject or branch of learning.

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Something interesting that happens with writers is the obscure and sometimes cringe-worthy things that must be researched in order to make sure the things being written are authentic. Ask a writer what bizarre factoid they’ve learned this week while researching, and I bet every one will have an answer. That, or they are now on the security watch list because they have been Googling poisons and methods of getting rid of a body. For weeks. Whatever you’re writing, knowledge is the key to authenticity.

If you’re writing thrillers, you might need to become an expert in ktenology (the science of putting people to death). Epic Fantasy writers might find the kylin (a Chinese mythical animal) useful. Dystopian writers might craft a world where the people are ruled by a kritarchy (a government by judges). Steampunk authors might be able to make use of a kinescope (a cathode ray tube for a television). And horror writers might devise a scenario where people are devoured by a bacteria that causes kraurosis (shriveling of the skin).

Kylin statue

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to the worlds a writer might create, and the crazy things that inhabit them. And while actual experience with such things is not required, some knowledge, usually via research, is.

Bonus K words a writer needs: Kindness, Kinship, K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid)

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research?

I’ve spent a lot of time researching witchcraft and magic. For my books, of course. ;)

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  1. A writer is forever seeking knowledge. I had to research about the legal aspects of a murder case and found this fascinating. I liked your idea of having all your posts relate to writing in this A to Z Challenge.

  2. Oh, I have a lot of research stories. The best was when I was at the library looking at books on satanic cults and ritualistic killings, as I was holding my baby. A guy saw me, my baby, then the books I was perusing. The look on his face was classic!

  3. I think the saddest thing I’ve ever researched was about “British Home Children” thousands of orphans, and some even weren’t orphans but erroneously separated from their parents during WWII, and shipped off to other countries like Canada and Australia…some of these children never saw their parents again…

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