Have you ever done something really odd or crazy because you had to know what it felt like so you could write about it?
Well, when I started writing my current WIP, I decided my main character needed to be a black belt in taekwondo. Not only for the book to progress the way I wanted it to, but also, because my MC's personality screamed she needed to be a girl that could kick your butt.
Problem was I had watched a lot of taekwondo, and there's a difference between watching and doing. So I enrolled in the Seoul International Taekwondo Academy. Just imagine me (the girl who's danced ballet her whole life and never has hit anyone) doing taekwondo. Yep. I'm a wuss.
But I got hooked! I loved it. You get to learn these cool routines called poomse and kick boards and yell really loud. And I met lots of great friends in my class (see the picture above). Turns out, I like it. So much that now I'm going to have to work my way up to being black belt or at least try.
And yes! I got my orange belt!