Research is my absolute favorite part of writing - I actually set a Stop Researching deadline when I start a new manuscript, otherwise I'd keep diving into learning more and more. I don't call my research world building, but that's what I'm figuring out: who is this story about and where does this story take place?
I've built worlds in the future, past, and present, and each provides unique challenges surrounding accuracy, inventiveness, and believability.
But the thing that's stuck me recently is how all of us born before 1995 need to learn about modern teens - things have dramatically changed with the invention of the smart phone. We can no longer solely rely on our own experiences to craft our characters.
I highly recommend these three books about how technology has altered the way teenagers think and interact with each other and the world.