In my opinion, no matter the genre you write and no matter whether you are a plotter or a pantser, at some point or another you will need to do research for your novel. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources we can use to research our novel. While conducting my own research for my novel, I compiled a list of three major resources that I'm going to share with you today.
-Tip One: Read
I think this tip almost goes without saying. Almost always, writers are readers. We need to read all type of genres, but especially the same genre as the book we are currently writing. And, we need to read books by different authors. This will help us to pick up on each author's unique writing style and help us develop our own. It is equally important to read non-fiction books on the craft of writing. This will help us learn to structure dialogue, develop the plot, execute an effective plot twist, etc.
-Tip Two: Utilize Libraries, Bookstores, and the Internet
Speaking of reading, don't be afraid to utilize libraries, bookstores, and the Internet. The Internet is quick and easy and gives us access to a wide variety of resources with one click. We can look up movies, books, and songs for novel inspiration, research our novel's time period, research magic systems, learn how to build and structure a new world, etc. Equally important, if not more, are books. Published books typically have more credibility than the Internet. Sticky note and/or underline the heck of out these things. Collect more information then you might think you need, just in case you can utilize that extra information in your novel at a later point. Also, just as you would use multiple Internet sites, try to use three to five credible books.
-Tip Three: Learn From Other Authors:
Almost all authortubers and/or bloggers have shared their own outlining processes. (You can find mine here.) The point is everyone does it differently. Watch these videos and read these blogs. How did each of these authors research and/or outline? Pull bits and pieces from each method you discover to create your own. Also, don't be afraid to reach out and talk to other authors. This can be in person, or online through the use of forums, emails, etc, but what you learn as you connect with other authors in the writing community can be valuable in helping you research your own novel.
The research process can take a good chunk of time but is valuable when it comes to outlining your novel. I hope this blog post, and my previous one, will be helpful in helping you research your novel. If you have any other questions or additional tips, please leave them in the comments down below!