Friday, November 10, 2006

Questions for Jo #3: Jo and her research methods

As I try to research things like Jo's statement about snake folklore, I often have an conversation with myself that goes something like this; "You're digging too deep. Jo wrote this in a cafe without internet access." "Yes, but she didn't carry research books with her either." "Perhaps she studied this in college and just has a really good memory."

Jo has only mentioned a few books by title as sources for information: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Culpepper's Herbal, and the phonebook (for names). What else does she rely on for research? The library? Old books found in used bookstores? And does she research as she writes or is it already figured out? I'd love to know more about her research methods and how they feed her writing.

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