31 Day Writing Tips - Day 9
Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 9, 2019 2:54pm CST
Welcome to day nine. I'm going to talk about resources. When working on your writing project, resources are key to getting the work done. It works hand and glove to research. In order to do the research, you need the resources to make it happen. What are you writing about? What does it cover? There's a resource for it. I have a full bookcase of resource books for many subjects. I have the third shelf of another bookcase, and the five-shelf bookcase has all the oversized resource books. If I don't have a book to help me research my topic, I buy it, or I go online and search it out as much as I can. Having books at your fingertips is imperative to me. Sometimes it's easier to use a book than it is to look online. Online you need to know the correct keywords to find everything you need to know on your subject. My goal as a writer and author is to be as authentic as possible, and resource books make that happen. In my research, I've needed books on pirates. I have one on how pirates speak. That was invaluable with the Colonial America series. I have books on editing, grammar, writing scripts, fashions, the monarchs of the UK, a guide to courtrooms and law, horses, ships, architecture, colonial food, everyday life in the colonies. I know people will look up the information online as well, also a valuable resource. Anyplace you find your information is a resource. Without resources, you couldn't research your novel or other works. Do you have a library of resource information or do you rely on the Internet for all your resource and research information? Thanks for reading. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
My one on ships is much used. The one I have on Victorian architecture is also well used. Lots of page turning in the Pirate book which is full of how to say various phrases. Even the one on horses got a lot of use. They all have as I had a lot of research to do on various topics.
• Caracas, Venezuela
Well, When I was working on my thesis in college, I had to visit many libraries cause I did not have many books, some other researches I did them on line, and it was worth it too. But my professors wanted us to get the majority of quotes mostly from books. One of the things that got my attention from your post was that you said that you had a book about how pirates speak, Oh gee I had no idea they had a way of speking as if English wasn't difficult enough. LOL
• New Zealand
Oh wow! I've been absent for so long I didn't realise you were writing this series. Now I'm going to have to go back and catch up. And yes, like you my room overflows with resources I use in my writing. And .... I love your new personal photo.
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Great tip Valerie. I do mainly my research online on the Internet. Sometimes I use books or magazines, print or digital form. If it's something like my new project on snowboarding, I see if I have a video of it on Demand of some sort. Sometimes I email or send out a letter or call. But a majority of my research is 90% research-based if I don't know anything.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I'm glad you found it. Resource books are my treasures. I have so many on almost every subject. My favorite so far is my book on ships. I'll have the next in the series in a couple of hours. I just posted on another subject.