I love to conduct research. This can be a thorn in a writer’s side, but I really enjoy this part of the creative process. Just think about it… you learn something new every time you research. You can actually learn a new fact today you didn’t know yesterday.
It’s quite amazing when you begin to outline the story you want to write, you realize all the little details that you need to research to give your story that added dimension.
Even though I’ve studied intensely about forensics and criminology, I still find myself looking up things and asking questions. And, there are those little details that you need to read more about or ask someone who would know the answer.
Many people have asked me when the best time to do research for a novel and how much research is necessary. Well, personally, I don’t think you could ever do too much research. Whatever you don’t use on the current project, you can use for something else especially if you’re writing the same genre such as thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction.
When you’ve plotted out your basic story, make a list of what you need to research. I generally do all my research at once, with only minor things that I need to clarify through the writing process.
Here are some helpful guidelines that I use for my own research:
Enjoy your research!
I would love to hear about any helpful research tidbits that has worked for you, please feel free to leave a comment.
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