Novel Kicks Writing Room: Research

Today, I wanted to focus on research.

When looking at the writing process, nothing scares me as much as the research part.

How much planning and research is enough? At what point can you get too buried underneath all of the information?

The most daunting question of all… where do I begin?

I wanted to try the following exercise.

Make a list of the first five celebrities or historical figures that come into your head. Then pick one.

Using google, spend thirty minutes finding out five facts about this celebrity or historical figure.

Once you’ve done that, write a conversation between yourself and this person using the information you’ve found out.

Has this exercise sparked a bigger idea? What else do you feel you’d need to know before you begin to write a bigger story?


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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