ABC – Day 11 – Research

How do you research?

How do you research?

Describe the research process for your book. Did you interview people? Travel? How prominent a role did the Internet play? If you didn’t do new research, how did you learn what you needed to know to write your book?

Most of the stories I write come from my own experiences or my imagination, at least for the first draft. As I’m writing and editing, I find areas that need more research. Where I research depends a lot of what I’m researching.

Usually I start with a discussion with my local librarian. I’ve got to know the librarians quite well with some of the books I’m writing!

I’ve found that librarians are one of my most valuable resources for research. Not only can they help finding books, they also have access to a number of sites and databases I didn’t know existed. They have been able to find some fantastic resources for me.

Another place I use is Pinterest. There are some great infographics and quotes that help me find information I’m looking for as the images link to websites that usually have more information. Different boards help to keep this information in one place so I can easily find it again.

The trusty Google search is also useful, however I’ve Pinterest is good for keeping the information together.

I also make use of Facebook. There have been times when I’m looking for something and I’ll post on my Facebook page asking for help. This can be for names of characters, experiences, recommendations for links, and anything else I am looking for. I have some amazing people on my page who are generous with their feedback. I’m looking forward to sharing books with them when they are released.


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