Research is a Writer’s Best Friend

karialvawrites

A storyline idea where a great deal of the setting takes place in a restaurant, popped into my head about two weeks ago. I know absolutely nothing about restaurant life, other than long hours.
The only way I could remedy the situation was by doing research. I started with reading through cook books, to learn lingo, names of tools and proper technique. And after several books, I felt better informed about the technical aspects to a restaurant. However, I was still at a loss on what actually working in a restaurant is like. So I began typing searches into Google along the lines of; ‘what’s it like to work in a restaurant’, and ‘restaurant work environment’. I was actually left with more questions than when I started and no way of starting my story.
After several days of self hatred and 24/7 writer’s block, the idea came to me. I…

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