Today, during final revision of Chapter One, I did word research. Because some of the carnivores in my novel purr, I wanted synonyms for purr.
Roget’s College Thesaurus does not list the word purr. Neither does the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus . My super books, it turns out, have feet of clay.
So, one Google second later, I learned there’s more to a purr than a happy cat. Did you know, for instance, cats purr to relieve stress or pain? Why? Because the measurable Hertz of a cat’s purr, between 25 and 150, is a sound frequency that can stimulate bone growth and healing and, possibly, release endorphins to make the cat more comfortable while healing. (About.com)
How do cats purr? They have wiring that travels from the brain to the muscles in the larynx, and this wiring vibrates the muscles so that they act as a valve for air flowing past the voice box. (Animal Planet)
Research requires so little time and yields the most amazing results. Writing science-fiction (or any fiction) takes specific knowledge and, while we can’t know everything, we can sound like we do. Or, if we’ve done our research, we can just make shit up.
From many hours of research for this novel, I’ve learned two things:
All you need is one well reached sentence to make the reader a believer.
And, there is no strong synonym for purr.
There just is nothing like a purr.