I’ve been having a splendid time researching my book on the science of bridges. My most recent research has been into spectacular bridge failures. I have to say, I will be looking at bridges in an entirely new way from now on – which is not a good thing, but an inevitable part of my job.
My favorite part of being a writer is taking all the techy jargon and turning it into language that anyone can understand. For this book, I’m also planning to include photos of the various parts of bridges. I have an intimidating new lens for the camera that I’m anxious to try out. I’ve also been evaluating photo op possibilities as I drive around.
Mostly, I’ve been surprised by how many people don’t notice bridges. It’s inconceivable to me that someone could be in Scotland, see the Forth Rail Bridge, and not have a reaction of some sort. But it’s true. There are people for whom colossal spanning structures are no more striking than a rock in the path. So maybe there are “bridge” people and “non-bridge” people? It’s made me start to wonder about the things that I don’t notice.
I’m creating a list of questions for the experts I’ll consult. I’m generating lots of additional questions for research. I’m excited to start writing the first draft. In fact, to be sure that happens with all the other things going on in life, I’m going to be a NaNo Rebel and write 50,000 words of my nonfiction book during NaNoWriMo. It has to be 50,000 new words. I think the anticipation of writing helps to create the necessary momentum.
Meanwhile, why not tweet the names of bridges you’d like to see in the bridge book with #ISOBridges in the tweet.