Research As An Essential Part of Writing

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I always knew that research could take more time than writing itself. Before you start to write something, you need to feel the situation, to live in this situation for at least several days, to understand how your characters would think if they were real.

Writing has never been an easy process for me. I've spent hours trying to find some interesting ideas, to develop a story, researching the facts that will make my story sound real.

 

I always knew that research could take more time than writing itself. Before you start to write something, you need to feel the situation, to live in this situation for at least several days, to understand how your characters would think if they were real.

 

Investigate the location, especially if you have never been there

 

Sometimes, the research makes you change your mind about your writing. For example, once I wrote about a young man who came to live in Syria. Only when I visited Syria, I saw that everything that I wrote before has nothing to do with reality. My understanding of living there was completely absurd and unrealistic. The people, the life, the environment, everything was absolutely different.

 

If you want to describe some location, it is better to see it for yourself, not to use maps only. Of course, if you have no possibility to visit a place you want to describe, you need to find some other ways to make it realistic. Fortunately, modern technologies allow us to investigate the location without even being there.

 

Consult the experts

 

I always consult the experts if I write about some specified issues. The experts can explain me some things which I do not understand and check whether I understood everything correctly.

 

My first science fiction story about traveling through the outer space was a failure. I knew nothing about spacecraft except what I saw in Star Trek. If I have consulted experts, I would not do such mistakes as a wrong speed of light and basic physics calculations.

 

Research psychological issues

 

Your personal experience is never enough when you write about people and their relations. If you want your readers to really feel the tension between characters, see how deep their love or hate is, you need to understand all behavior tricks. Consult psychologists, observe how your friends behave, read specialized forums. Here is a small trick: to understand the relations from a woman’s point of view, you should read forums where women discuss their problems.

 

Here is my example: in my science fiction story, I also tried to add a love story. But I was too young to understand that ideal relations could happen only in fiction. I added no drama or even the smallest dissension. Perhaps, this is another reason people did not believe this story.

 

Always check historical facts

 

If I am unsure of some fact or statement, I never put it into my article. This is especially important for historical facts. Once my friend wrote a Medieval story, which could have received some rewards. But it couldn’t because he started his story with the words: “In the medieval times, just before the Norman Conquest started…”. Norman Conquest happened in 1066, and Medieval times started a couple of centuries later.

 

To sum up these four basic points, I would like to admit that your main goal is to make your story real. Use every possibility that you have to do the research that can add some vividness and enhance your characters and the story itself. Location, history, relations and experts’ feedbacks will bring your writing up to the next level.

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