Researching for a Book-What is your Method?
Here is my next question for authors. Many of the books out there require extensive research. Most people don’t realize how much of fiction is actually based on fact. Authors who write historical novels have to be accurate in their time-lines, settings, and prominent figures. If they aren’t, readers will become upset at the inaccuracies. If you write contemporary, then its a matter of describing each location’s weather, geography, points of interest, etc. Even with fantasy, writers look at legends from old to draw from. Non-fiction books are almost entirely research oriented.
I know some of you cross genres, but how much time (on average) does it take you to do research for a book? Do you do most of it before you even start writing or is it something you do as you go along? Are there any particular methods that work best for you?
The writing process is very individual. Each person has to take their own journey to make a book come to life. There is no right answer to these questions so please do speak freely. I will look forward to your responses!
~ by Suzie on May 27, 2011.