I wonder what my neighbor is doing in the dark of night in his backyard. Hmm, a character might have a need to know that information about her neighbor. At some point. Or never. But it's good information to have. So I peek through the blinds. With binoculars.
I didn't really do that, but I might.
You see, I have this insatiable thirst for knowledge.
"Carol, you're nosy."
"And a snoop."
What if he killed his wife and was burying her body?
"Don't be meddlesome."
A strong desire to know exactly what's going on.
"It's none of your business."
Well, actually, it is my business because I'm a writer. Perhaps not to know exactly what's going on with my neighbor, but exactly what's going on with all sorts of things that crop up in articles and stories. Here are just a few of the things I've researched recently:
What are the optimal growing conditions for catnip?
What signs and symptoms will a person with a particular type of delusional disorder exhibit?
How many miles of coastline does Texas have?
And the list goes on. I love research. I'm inquisitive. I want to know it all.
Maybe I'm a writer because I'm naturally curious and inquisitive.
What about you? Do you love research? Seek out details?