Anyway, I will be doing an idea post later this week, but for those who have theirs already, research is the next step. A venture that can be as daunting as coming up with a viable novel plan in a single month. So, the solution? Start simple. Ask yourself, what are the main parts of your idea?
Well, let's see. My nano concept is thusly: Several strangers seek refuge from a zombie outbreak in an abandoned mansion, and find the horrors within themselves and these walls are greater than those without. Psychological dark fantasy. Obvious research topics? Well, remember that "meets" summary? Let's use that for a start-up breakdown.
- Mist: What makes mist/fog. What are its effects on sensory information. Unusual real mists/fogs. Pictures of mist/fog for visual stimulation. Other novels and movies written about mists or fog (purely for research purposes, of course ;-).
- Lost: Point of view techniques (since I have a cast of a dozen and maybe a house). Effects of isolation. Psychology in general. Survival techniques. Small group behavior.
- 1804: Haunted houses. Bizarre and weird places and phenomena. Poltergeists/ghosts. Sacrifices (because my house is a weirdo).
- Zombies: Types--voodoo or Night of the Living Dead. Related monsters, i.e., ghouls, etc. Similar novels/movies.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's get busy.