A Writer’s Research


Did you ever wear a Polo Coat?

Even if you never write the book, you should give yourself the pleasure of research that is necessary for most writing projects. It takes you places you will enjoy going.

For example: a few lines from the novel I’m working on.

She thought of the little coat closet beneath the staircase on Asbury Ave were mufflers and old boots were stashed. It was in this same closet that her navy blue snow pants and red Eisenhower ski jacket made room for a camel hair Chesterfield coat she took to college.  

BUT WAIT… CHESTERFIELD IS NOT RIGHT! I had to write a friend in Indiana, a contemporary, describing my coat because I couldn’t think of – POLO COAT, which was her reply.

Time out for  a little fun research to share with you.

c1a27b22_19101910 Polo Coats

This could have been my Kappa Kappa Gamma class of ’60 at U. of KY. complete with bobby socks and saddle shoes


  For The Handsome Man In Your Life


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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6 Responses to A Writer’s Research

  1. Harliqueen says:

    Gorgeous coats!

    I do love research for writing, all those little facts that can be fun to add to the story 😀

  2. I love finding out interesting little things like that in my research. I fell down an internet rabbit hole recently researching Art Nouveau woodwork styles. It was fun but may never make it into the book.

  3. Dear heaven I still have one in my closet. Loved it to death. Isn’t research fun?

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