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How To Research Your Novel

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you written or read something within a short story or a novel and found that while it was loosely based on real events some of the material isn’t accurate when it needs to be? For example, if pirates were using broad swords and handguns instead of sabers and pistols or saying Abraham Lincoln was from Michigan instead of Illinois would be clear evidence of someone lacking correct information. This is why researching is very crucial when writing a story. Even if your story is fictional you still need to make sure details of certain things are accurate or people will not take you seriously. Researching for a book is just as important as writing it. Why anyone wouldn’t want to make their book as accurate and as perfect as possible is beyond me but then again some authors are lazy and just want to get their work right out there. Researching isn’t bad at all, in fact it’s sometimes fun and I personally find it to be fun. Not only do you find out actual happenings and correct facts but you learn about something new in the process and in some cases the reader will pick up on it and be impressed as well. In order to write a book I believe some kind of time should be devoted into researching. Any writer can use their imagination and create a world of odd creatures who have multiple feet and hands or 3 eyes but if you need to touch up certain things so they make more sense then it’s why research is again crucial to writing.

How much research should go into a book? As much as possible. Read up on as much information as you can and if you want to double up and verify through multiple sources then your really doing your homework. Again why wouldn’t you want to make your story as factual and as real as possible? Makes no sense to me. The internet is of course the #1 way to research your information but aside from that a good ole encyclopedia works just as well too. Also in my opinion a fictional story seems to run better when it’s mixed in with true events and correct facts it sort of broadens the story up more. No one want’s to read a book that not only has many grammatical errors but on top of that having inaccurate facts, IT”S CRUCIAL! If your going to take anything from this let it be that. There is no reason why a writer should be lazy in their writing and no reason why they shouldn’t do some quality researching. Nobody’s perfect but nobody needs to be so lazy about their writing that their book becomes an utter joke all because they didn’t do simple research. I have yet to come across where it says that researching should be a thing to do on your publishing list, that’s because it shouldn’t have to be it should be a given. This is perhaps where the problems lies as well, many authors only go and do the basic needs they list in the publishing creating process of their book. Since they go by rules and a basic one is not listed they not only don’t do it but don’t think to do it and before you know it a book has been published and while it tells a good story it’s missing truths and that is definitely evident.

So the next time you write a book or even a short story remember this simple task. Don’t think for a second, oh my god why do I have to do this it’s so beneath me and it’s time consuming. No it’s not! It’s a fundamental and key element in expanding your writing. Your not going to get any better on your writing if you don’t take the necessary steps by avoiding an important one as such. Take a little time put it aside and devote it to just looking into the basics. Getting down information you will need to give your story that extra kick it needs. Write the information down as in make a note of it or if your really multi-tasked then read up and incorporate your findings within your story, if you do this then your clearly ahead of the process and need no introduction this. So what have we learned? Researching is what? That’s right..crucial and important and so, so necessary to an author’s writing.