So, when Kristin started writing a manuscript about Marie Antoinette (or as we came to call her, “M.A.”) we both knew that a little—or maybe a lot—of research was needed. And one of the most fascinating facts about MA was her obsession with hair.
She wanted it just like her cake: TALL and WIDE. MA wanted drama in her style. Simply look at the crazy wide skirts she wore, which were only partially rivaled by the height of her hair, if you want to see just how dramatic Marie Antoinette really was.
But how could Kristin write about something she knew nothing about…?
She had to learn all about MA’s hair styles. And together we came up with a plan…
We wanted to discover how it felt to have hair piled high on top of a head, and see what sort of artistry was needed to weave the locks into an intricate pattern.
What we discovered is writing a love story is a lot like styling hair.
· Details are important.
· Planning and preparation are required.
· Little strands of a story—like hair—need to be woven back and forth, in and out, together and around to create something worth looking at and reading.
· Hair and history both weave their way through people’s lives, silent and subtle.
So Kristin and I decided to find out, first hand, a little bit more about hair styles. And there’s really only one way to do that. We had to have our hair done.
FIELD TRIP FOR WRITERS – WRITING AND RESEARCH SHOULD BE FUN
This is a fun way to do research. We went to have our hair done…all for the glory of the story. And to save on the expense, we went to a beauty school. There, the students taught us what we didn't know about hair and styles.
This was another occasion of putting our butts in the seat to do the hard (okay it wasn’t so hard for us) work. We sat in the chairs and let the hair stylists show us a few things about styling hair back in MA's day. And these stylists had flat irons, bobby pins and hairspray, things that weren’t around in Marie Antoinette’s era.
And, like they always say, a picture is worth a thousand words so here are a few pictures of what we did for our “WRITING FIELDTRIP”.
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Here’s one more post about writing research: http://kimkasch.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-to-do-research-to-write-book.html
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Love is in the Air, something else is in the water
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