31 Day Writing Tips - Day 9

@just4him (153558)
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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@marlina (83878)
• Canada
9 May
I now use more and more the Internet for most of my info.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
I use it a lot, but not exclusively.
@Gillygirl (27039)
• Sutton, England
9 May
I would use books as well as the Internet. Some sites don't give fully accurate information so I would be wary of some of them.
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@LadyDuck (220169)
• Switzerland
10 May
I fully agree with you, some sites give wrong info and many are very poor or not accurate.
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@Gillygirl (27039)
• Sutton, England
10 May
@LadyDuck Even Wkipedia is inaccurate.
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@LadyDuck (220169)
• Switzerland
10 May
@Gillygirl I have seen big mistakes in Wikipedia, we must keep in mind that "anyone" may add content there.
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@xander6464 (12910)
• Wapello, Iowa
9 May
I used to use books but now I almost entirely use the Internet.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
I still use both.
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@xander6464 (12910)
• Wapello, Iowa
10 May
@just4him I still love books but they can't give me what the Net does.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
@xander6464 I would disagree with that as I've found books to be more resourceful than the Internet on some subjects. I think it depends on the subject.
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@simone10 (28238)
• United States
9 May
Your resource books sound like something I would be interested in reading. I guess I need to consider buying some books.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
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.
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@simone10 (28238)
• United States
12 May
@just4him How many resource books would you say you have?
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 May
@simone10 I'd need to count them. A lot. Right now, I think I have more resource books than books to read, and I have a lot of those too.
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• Caracas, Venezuela
10 May
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
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
It's called The Pirate Primer. Here's one phrase picked randomly - by my deathless soul - means I swear, I swear on my soul.
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• Caracas, Venezuela
10 May
@just4him Oh my God, that is different. I wonder, If somebody at present said that phrase, would it be understandable for the folks, or the person might have to clear it up as you you did for me?
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
@jvicentevalera Probably need to clear it up. When I used the pirate phrases in Scarred, they were easily understood.
@valmnz (15327)
• New Zealand
9 May
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.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
Resources are a must have if you're a writer/author. Thank you.
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• Sonora, California
9 May
I use the Internet, but physical books as well, and when I finally get around to writing a book about Old Town, I will use the archives here, and the history resources at our church!
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
Those are two very good sources.
@LadyDuck (220169)
• Switzerland
10 May
I use Internet, but I still use books a lot for my researches. Some old books are a lot better than the wrong info you find on the web.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
I agree with the older books. They're much more accurate and have more information and description than newer books and online sources have.
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@LadyDuck (220169)
• Switzerland
10 May
@just4him Some online sources are so much inaccurate.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
@LadyDuck Yes, they are, which is why you need to look at several to determine accuracy. If I see the same information on several sites, I know it's accurate.
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@murithi (42)
• Kenya
10 May
The internet seems to be more convenient than books
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
It is, but not always trustworthy.
• Kenya
10 May
@just4him sure but now going through piles of books which you not even sure which library you can find them just bores me.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
@murithi I know where to find my books.
@KristenH (27007)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
9 May
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.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
That's great you don't rely on one source but have many.
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@KristenH (27007)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
10 May
@just4him Thanks Valerie.
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• China
10 May
Oh !You have an immense collection of books ! I often search the web for information ,though I don't write.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
That makes sense that you do if you're not a writer.
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@JESSY3236 (9280)
• United States
10 May
I use the Internet.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
The Internet is a good source. I use it a lot too, but when I can't find what I'm looking for on the Internet, I look at the books I have.
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@kasmakarim (1235)
• Indonesia
10 May
Ok, thanks for the tips
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
You're welcome.
• Rupert, Idaho
10 May
Very good to know, thank you for sharing!
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the tips.
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@andriaperry (77979)
• Anniston, Alabama
10 May
I have a bookshelf full! And I use the internet too.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May
It's good to have both.
@DianneN (118346)
• United States
11 May
Oops! I missed this one and glad I found it. I still have many resource books up north.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 May
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.
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@DianneN (118346)
• United States
11 May
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 May
@DianneN It's now posted.
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@Tampa_girl7 (30461)
• United States
11 May
I use the internet and my books for information.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 May
It's a good combination.
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@Tampa_girl7 (30461)
• United States
11 May
@just4him it is. I even still have my children's Bookshelf for Boys and Girls and they have lots of information.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 May
@Tampa_girl7 That's wonderful.