I have a recurring dream in which the CIA or MI6 burst into my flat and pin me to the ground because I am a suspect in some investigation on the basis of some weird combination of searches I have performed on the Internet.
They say write what you know but there inevitably comes a time when you want to write something about something you don’t know and on those occasions, the Internet comes in really handy.
Google saves a record of the searches you perform. You can find it here. Here are a few of my own favourites:
How to make a flying monkey costume
Silent night by chewbacca
Post holocaust music
sex pistols christmas song
How to butcher a goat
How much did fish and chips cost in Hull in 1971
How to make soap
Escapes from high security mental hospitals.
OK, so I admit that none of these are likely to cause the VIA to batter down my door but the point is that as writers we never imagine for what we might find ourselves searching the Internet. However wacky your internet search, it’s certainly a good way to avoid doing the actual writing.