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5 Ways You Can Research for Your Writing Projects


Research is something that all writers will have to do at some point in their writing career. And even if you stick to the ‘write what you know’ rule there will still be times where you will need to do some further study.

So, to get you started on the process here are five ways you can research for your writing projects.

  1. The internet – this is the first place many of us will start to look. There are websites, news sites, encyclopaedias, online journals, and many more places where you can find reliable information. Also, many of the search engines allow you to tailor your search so you can get more specific results.

  2. Books – long before the internet many of us would find our way to a local library in the hopes of finding some information for our writing projects. And even though we have the internet books are still a valuable source, especially if you are researching historical events.

  3. Television – whether you watch the soaps, documentaries, dramas or reality programmes you can always learn something new. I enjoy watching crime and paranormal documentaries which have helped with the research for my stories.

  4. People – talking to people is a great way to know more about your subject and with the internet communication between people has become a lot easier. There’s no better research than being able to listen to someone share their experiences of a past event or find out facts from a professional who works in the area that you are researching.

  5. Visit places – if you can go and visit where your story is set, then you should be able to get a real feel for the place, which will show in your work. However, if that’s not something you can do, then you can visit museums, galleries, or historical houses instead. Many of them are free to enter, and they can help with your research.

So, there you have it - five ways you can research for your writing projects. Happy researching!

Written by Nicole Simms

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