I have never had a manicure. In fact having a manicure has never been on my list of self-pampering things to do. I’ve always done my own nails.
The first morning after my arrival in Maryland to visit my sister, she put a togo cup of coffee in my hand:
“Mimi, you have a full morning today. You have a manicure at 9:00, a yoga class at 11:00 and we’re doing lunch at 1:00. We’ll be late if you don’t hurry.”
After my surprised ‘A manicure! Yoga? But why?’ I told myself what I always tell myself when new and different situations or opportunities come up–if I ever need to write a manicure scene or a yoga class scene I would be able to do it. As writers we all do this. We get material from events in our lives and from events in others’ lives. I’ve always used serendipitous events as well as negative events–after I’ve processed them–as potential novel fodder.
But I’ve decided for my present WIP and the one on the back burner that I an going to have to be deliberate about my field research. Waiting for the opportunities to occur slows things down. I need to write a casino scene. I’ll pick a time and day and go. I need a tribal counsel meeting scene. I’ve been to several but not as an objective observer. I’ll go to next month’s. I’m going to make a list of other field research areas. This could be fun.