Tag: research tips

How to Research Agents before Querying
August 1, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

So you’ve written a book. Now what? If the answer is you would like to get traditionally published, the next step is querying. But who do you query? Small publishers and presses accept unsolicited submissions, meaning you can send them a query on your own without an agent, but bigger ones often only work with
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When to Research and When to Stop
July 25, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

When writing fiction, some people assume research is not needed. After all, aren’t we supposed to make everything up? But being accurate adds realism to your story. Not many readers will want to keep reading a book with marked inaccuracies, especially when they easily could have been looked up. You can’t ask your readers to
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How to Write on a Topic You Don’t Know
July 14, 2017 Writing Advice Melinda Harmon

Writing on a topic you know well is already no easy task, because even though you know the basics, you still are required to put it in words. Trying to write about something you know nothing about is for obvious reasons, much tougher. Unfortunately, we do not always have the opportunity to write on topics
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7 Research Tips for Writing Your Novel
July 11, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

This month we are talking research. Now, many writers cringe when they hear the word. And they might say, “But we are fiction writers, can’t we just make stuff up?” The answer is, we may make a lot of things up, but we have to have a realism to our stories. It’s what allows them
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Amazing Sites for Research
July 3, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

I was researching a column on writer’s block and stumbled over a fantastic resource for mental health issues. That is just how it happens sometimes. One search will give not only what you want but put you on the path of your next story. Here’s a few I’ve found: Mental Health Daily: I found the
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