A Writing Journey

NaNo Prep: Research

I think we are all aware that to write a book means we have to do at least some research.* During November, our focus should be on writing, not research. So while you still can, get at it. I recently picked up a book about Genghis Khan, not because I’m planning to write about the Mongol Empire, but because I’m planning to write a fantasy novel where the main culture is nomadic, but not entirely herders. The first thing I thought of was “Mongolian” and I went with it. Of course, there are lots of nomadic societies, and I’m sure I’ll be researching some of those as well.

Anyway, research is going to be very important. And what’s more important are NOTES. Be sure to take notes while you read (even if you are reading on a website) so that you A)know where you got the information (in case you need more, or context), and B)have the information readily available.

Good luck with research!

Next time: Keep Writing

*I used to think that writing fantasy meant I would never have to research anything ever. HAHAHA. But at least I get to research things that I think are cool!


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