I feel like I start off all my posts this way, but as usual, I’m sorry if I haven’t responded to you yet. A lot of you comment on my posts now, which I’m happy about it, but it does take me time to get back to everyone.
Alright, now since my apologies are done, it’s time to discuss today’s topic. So for today, we are going to review the importance of researching. I’m sure some of you are asking, “What does she mean by that?” Well, I mean research for your stories.
For example, if you’re writing a story about angels and demons, then it makes a story more realistic if you include elements from reality. It’s like that saying, “Write what you know.” So how does that apply to angels and demons? For my story, Love for an Angel, I researched the different names of angels and demons. Not only that, but I also reread my Bible for to get actual biblical events correct in the story. Sometimes I took beliefs from different Christian religions and mixed them together. The point is, it’s good to do research.
This doesn’t only apply to the subject of angels and demons; it could also apply to any subject your writing. You could be writing a book that takes place in ancient Egypt, and what would make the book better? Decent research.
When doing research, I like to follow these rules:
- Make sure it’s factual, cited with different sources.
Don’t just go to one website and assume it’s correct. This is the internet. More than likely, the information may not be accurate. I generally like to go to official sites. For example, websites with .org at the end and historical society sites. Like you learned in college, you want to make sure the site looks good. No broken links, crappy images, and all sources have been credited, etc.
Your book is your baby, so make sure you write with arcuate facts and details
- Don’t just use one source
I can’t stress this enough! Don’t just use the internet to research about your stories. Let’s say you are writing about a crew trapped in a submarine. Sure, you can go online and look up information about submarines, but you also have the option to read books and watch documentaries. You can take things further by interviewing people who have lived and worked on submarines too. My point is, expand your research. Don’t just use one source for more information. Personally, I think interviewing is one of the best places to get facts. A person actually lived the experience and can tell you firsthand what happened. When we write our stories, we are essentially providing that experience to our readers.
So, this post is getting long, and I don’t want to go over 500 words. However, I hope you found this post informative and helpful. The rule for writers is, “Write what you know,” but I’ve found even if you don’t know something, you can still learn about it and create an amazing story. After all, no one person can know everything =)
I also found a great article on writersdigest.com called How to Research a Novel: 7 Tips.
Discussion time: How do you do research for your stories? Please share your methods and ideas with the rest of us. Of course, only if you want to^^
Until next time:
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