As you begin writing your novel or nonfiction book, don’t overlook the importance of research. Whether it’s researching historical facts, reading other author’s in the genre or more… research is important. You can use libraries, the internet, books, databases, historians, and more. In this interview we learn the research techniques of several authors, including Stephen J. Bauer, Chris Benson, Trish Ventker, Ruth Smith, Judith Andrade, Robert Grajewski, Elaine Cooper, Heidi Williams, Janet Henderson, and Brenda Meister.
Do your characters talk about historical facts conversationally? Hope Tarr, author of "The Men of Roxbury House" Series talks about research methods and the importance of getting historical facts correct.
Author Paul Russell describes the techniques he found success with when researching his historical novel, including using historical journals to learn about the daily lives of people during the time frame he wrote about.
David Margolick, author of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, talks about the kind of materials he looks for when he researches the biographies he writes, including online searches, journals, letters, and more.
Journaling helps a writer become informed by everything going on in the world around him or her. It's a powerful tool for capturing creative ideas, sparks of new stories, or that moment of clarity regarding human nature. This article offers a thorough look at why journaling is so useful and it provides some great tips for how and what to journal.
Ethlie Ann Vare, an author, screenwriter, story editor, and creative consultant in Hollywood, offers several reasons for why journalism makes a great background for someone interested in writing for TV.
Romance author Donna Hatch discusses the challenges of researching regency romance. Including the tendency to do too much research. She also shares some of the resources she used when researching and discusses the kind of details she researches.