If I have the opportunity I love to experience as part of my research. To know what it feels like to walk the streets hoping there isn't a zombie around the corner. To spend the night in a known haunted hotel.
In three weeks I'm getting chased by zombies again for 2.8 Hours Later and if you're wanting to write a zombie novel this is an awesome way to research. You really get into survival mode. While I knew this was all a game when we started walking from the starting area, away from the registration point and into a deserted area my heart couldn't stop pounding and we actually had to stop at one point because we were convinced we heard rustling in the bushes. We were so sure a zombie was there, lurking.
Now I have an opportunity to act like my ghost hunting characters in Lapse and Consequences.
Haunted Happenings organises ghost hunts around some of the most haunted locations in the UK. An experienced team of ghost hunters invites anyone who has interests in ghosts to come along and take part in their investigations. You get to use their equipment and carry out your own vigils. I've always wanted to go on a ghost hunt but since these two WiPs have focused on ghost hunting it's the perfect research not just to experience a ghost hunt and get into character but to learn more about the process and what people use to conduct investigations. There's one coming up in August at a museum which is right near where I live so me and Pete are going to book and take part. I can't wait to learn things for my two WiPs!
Have you ever ventured out for research? Gone to the places that inspired your WiPs setting? Tried out a hobby your character likes to understand it? :)