Avoiding Research Pitfalls

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Research: How much is too much?

Writing authentically is a challenge when a setting is unfamiliar to the author. Understanding setting and circumstance is necessary to maintain credibility with readers. The wrong application of science, for instance, can wreak havoc for an author. So, as most authors would agree, research is a task that cannot go by the wayside. Reading, visiting locations, observing people, watching documentaries or other films are all ways that writers can gather valuable knowledge.

Writers Reading

Simple Ideas to Remember

The more a writer reads, the greater his or her chances are for improved writing.

That statement seems to be universally accepted. Suppose, for just a moment, that the writer is distracted by the reading material. What if the material is outside the comfort zone and knowledge base of the writer? How, then, does that reading increase the chances of improved writing?

Finding Seasonal Ideas

Writing Amidst the Buzz

It’s that beautiful time of year. There is much noise in our lives as we prepare for holidays and celebrations of all kinds.

The buzz in the air can be a distraction to any serious writing that often happens on the fringe of the day. One suggestion for mining inspiration is to allow yourself to feel the buzz and funnel it into creativity.

Finding Descriptions

Writing out of your era…

Descriptive writing brings text alive for readers. It allows the movie to roll in a reader’s’ mind, but only if the language is vivid and the description is real. Fantasy requires the author to create suspension of reality with believable description. Those setting aren’t necessarily real, but they do need to be plausible.