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Your Plot Drags? Fix It.

Authors don’t always realize their plot drags until they step back and take a fresh look. It’s always good to give your story a rest for a week or two, if you have time to spare, and then read with new eyes. The brilliant words can dull with time and that means authors need to […]

Internet Links for Characterization

When I teach writing all over the US, I often share this sheet with those in attendance to help them in creating believable characters. I’ve found these links to be helpful in getting a good understanding of my character and by creating a backstory for them. I hope you find these links helpful. Creating realistic […]

Research For Suspense Writing— Part IV

A suspense novel needs the same research as any novel when creating characters, bringing setting to life, and provide story details. The additional element that needs tremendous research revolve understand the elements of suspense that make it real—police lingo and procedures, investigation and investigative research, forensic details, psychology of criminals, trail procedures, and so much […]

Researching Characterization for Contemporary Fiction – Part IIIB

Researching contemporary fictions seems as if it could be an easy task, but I’ve found the more I search for accuracy in my work, the harder research becomes. In part A of this category, I covered a variety of research for setting, story and career details and sites on how to do most everything. This […]

Research For Contemporary Fiction — Part IIIA

Though it might seem that contemporary fiction is not as complex to research as historical, it is still important and can take much time depending on the novel’s plot. While some elements are commonplace and easy to research, the novel’s setting can still require time-consuming research. Because I believe that setting influences a novel’s plot […]

Research For Historical Fiction – Part II

Although I have written no historical novels, I have tackled a few historical novellas. In doing so, I learned the difficulty of writing in a historical setting. Time has influenced our world in so many areas—political, manners, language, dress, and technology, and writing about another era can take a tremendous amount of time. Accuracy is […]

Research For Fiction Writing — Part I

Novels require research. When I plot a novel, I also being to do research on the areas that I will need more expertise than I already have. This can be on setting, events in that setting, careers, hobbies of characters, medical information, and a multitude of areas. As you begin your novel, review your needs […]

Researching The Contemporary Novel

Question: What kinds of research do you do for your contemporary novels? Research is part of every novel. Clearly historical, complex thrillers and mysteries, and medical novels need much research, but as an author of contemporary fiction, I do a tremendous amount of research as well while using a variety of techniques. Setting is one […]