Tag: Research

Dressing up Description: Harness the Power of Your Own Experience
July 28, 2017 Writing Advice Phoebe Darqueling

The OWS team has done a fabulous job this month bringing you tips and resources to do research to your heart’s content. With the internet and the touch screen, much of the world is quite literally at your fingertips. But what about those fingertips? They are good for plenty besides clicking through files and finding

Research: The Hidden Plot Point
July 26, 2017 Writing Advice Paul Davis

Inspiration is everywhere. It surrounds us in countless modern cultures that we can travel to or learn about easily. We can even speak with natives of those cultures with little effort. There are even civilizations throughout history, with books, movies, and shows to highlight them. These cultures can lead to numerous plot points that a

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

5 Tips to Apply Your Mad Research Skills to Book Marketing
July 20, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Hello OurWriteSiders, We know we need to do research. Many of us delight in disappearing down the dark rabbit hole of the internet with the excuse of “research”… er, I mean, for practical and real research! Right? We enjoy sitting and watching people in public as “research.” We chuckle at the memes like this: But

The Importance of Research in Fantasy
July 19, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

I know what you’re thinking: fantasy as a genre invites the reader to suspend their belief. After all, few people truly expect to enter a cave and discover a live dragon inside sitting on a horde of treasure. Many of us accept that magic, at least in the forms seen in many books, does not

What to Research when Writing Your Novel
July 18, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

This month we are talking about research. As fiction writers it can be really tempting to just make up what we don’t know. But having realistic information and details in your story will help the reader suspend disbelief and get immersed in your story. One incorrect, made-up detail could cause your reader to put down

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

Unexpected Research Tools
July 13, 2017 Writing Advice Eric Keizer

Research. Perhaps the second most (right behind “outlining”) misunderstood and feared word in academia and the writing world. I have observed students actually tremble at the thought of spending hours finding valid and pertinent research for projects and papers. Before the advent of the internet, I found myself dreading the inevitable, often repeated trips to

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

Research: Old and New
July 10, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

 In a world of technology, it is easy to rely on computer searches for our research needs. Being from the old school, I find this amazing and not only a great time saver but also a wider variety of resources. Libraries are my passion. Stepping inside surrounds me with a vibe that stimulates my creativity.