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. [Read more…]

ABC – Day 10 – Research and outlining

Research & outlining

Research & outlining

Describe your process for researching and outlining your book. What do you do to stay organized? Do you use a software like Scrivener? Index cards? Sticky notes? Giant posterboards taped to the wall?

I must admit that I have different processes depending on what I’m working on.

Some stories just write themselves with next to no research or outlining. These are usually flash fiction pieces and will usually stay that way. [Read more…]

Who do you know?

It's sometimes who you know...

It’s sometimes who you know…

Research is always fun, at least it is for me. I enjoy learning about new things, and have been known to spend so much time on my research, I never get around to actually writing anything!

Recently, I was researching something for a book, and while I have found a lot of information online and in the library, nothing beat sitting down with an expert and picking their brains. [Read more…]

Something I never thought I’d never be researching…

Never thought I’d be researching this…

There’s only two weeks until the 2014 Chapter Book Challenge starts, and I’m ready. This is a great feeling as the last two years, I didn’t get an idea until after the challenge officially started.

In preparation, I’ve been researching as part of this story is something I have little knowledge about – Aussie Rules Football! More specifically about umpiring.

I have contacted the AFL with questions. I must say that they have been amazingly helpful with answering my questions. I have also been to the library to borrow other chapter books that involve Aussie Rules Football. These have been pinched by my 12 year old who is footy mad… but I will get them back so I can read them. [Read more…]

Prompt #8 – Researching for my book

Researching my books

The 9th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

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?

For most books I’m working on, I just write. I draw on past experiences, things I’ve read and the voices in my head.

With my Jimmy James books, I need to do more research as much of the stories are set in the past. I do a mix of talking to people who are experts, research on the Internet and other sources that may be able to help.

Recently I’ve discovered the local librarian is a wealth of information, pointing me in the direction of useful books and websites. I’ve listed some other useful places to research in this post. I’m fast becoming an expert on magic lanterns!!

Another place I have used for research is social media, including my Facebook page and this blog. I post questions and my amazing followers reply. Sometimes I’ll also post questions in different groups I’m a member of to get some other opinions and ideas.

Where I research and how much research I do really depends on what I’m writing and how much extra information I need. I love researching and run the risk of doing too much and not writing!! This is something I need to keep an eye on.

Where to research?

Places to Research

As part of my planning for the Author Blog Challenge, I accidentally came up with a plan for a new information site… one of the features there is Friday Five. I thought I’d still do that here.

So, here is my first Friday Five post. I’m doing quite a bit of research for my Jimmy James stories. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to go. I’ve found a few fantastic resources recently, so I thought I’d share them with you. [Read more…]

Research tip – hit your local library

Help with your research

I have been working on a story for Jimmy James about Magic Lanterns. This has involved a lot of research and quite a bit has been happening via the Internet.

Doing a Google search can be a bit hit and miss at the best of times and I couldn’t find the information I was looking for. [Read more…]

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