Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at The Right Mixture #4.
In my last 3 blogs I talked about readers’ imagination, including Immerse Yourself in the character, Backstory, and Making it Real. Today we move to Research.
I probably talk about research more than any other topic related to writing. And here is another as it relates to my last blog of Making it Real.
How does Research Make it Real?
Part of making your story realistic is to have the right information about a place or event. I am currently writing a story which partially takes place in a major American city. And I am doing the necessary research. If I haven’t been there it means digging deep so that people who have been there will recognize it. They’ll be able to picture the scene.
Why is that Necessary?
Remember those people I mentioned above. If I mention something and don’t describe it right, they will notice it. And it might ruin their reading experience.
I’ve used this example before, but I once read a story based on Noah and the Ark. At that time, I was working on a novel of my own about the Ark. I read this man’s novel and enjoyed it to an extent. But because he described unlikely items, such as a drinking glass, I didn’t enjoy it as much. I found myself looking for other mistakes instead of simply enjoying the book. You don’t want that to happen with your books.
Research Adds to the Story.
Proper research and usage add to the story sometimes subtly and sometimes noticeably. It’s an excellent tool.
More on the Right Mixture next blog.
Tip of the Day: Use research as a writing tool.
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