Im presenting a workshop at the Spokane Writers Conference next month. It’s titled Author Archaeology 101/Research and Organization for Writers. Im an avid researcher from way back. I loved getting assignments in high school for research papers. That’s where I fell in love with libraries and encyclopedias.
The two things writers need most when beginning a project are information and inspiration. Research provides both of those things. The opportunities to collect information are everywhere at any time. You never know when you may use a tid bit of information you have picked up somewhere in your travels, whether near or far.
The key is to be aware of your surroundings and gather information with pictures, brochures, pamphlets or by talking to someone in the know. Then organize your treasures so you have them available when you need them.
Research can add depth and specifics to your writing – enriching your stories with personal knowledge. You may learn a lot in the process too. Learn to embrace research and you will be a better writer for it.