Faster Research For Writing

Writing Research

writing researchResearch can be a tiring, grueling, time-sucking mess. Sometimes the research takes far longer than the actual writing!

For this reason, it’s a very good idea to do as much of the writing research you need to do BEFORE you start writing, instead of waiting until you’re in midstream with your project like most people.

I know it can be frustrating having to take the time to do a lot of research upfront. You want to dive right into writing, and that’s understandable. But believe me, it is much easier to gather the majority of your research before you begin, so that you don’t have to interrupt your train of thought midstream to do your research.

You may have times when you didn’t anticipate a specific research need, in which case you’ll have to take the time in the middle of writing, but if you gather most of your writing research before you begin you will save yourself a lot of time.

One great tip for research is to find a roundup article that combines a lot of links to various sources on the same topic so you have plenty of research at a glance.

This can save you a great deal of time, because it can really waste time when you’re having to search for links individually.

Be sure you take notes as you do your research, because you don’t want to have to keep going back to your initial research documents because you forgot something.

Fiction writer? Don’t think that because you’re writing fiction you won’t need any research. Most types of fiction still need some research to be accurate.

For example, historical fiction must be accurate with regards to speech, attire, technology, etc. You must ensure you are using correct terminology and writing correctly for your time period.

Trust me, reviewers will rip you to shreds if you use the wrong terminology, get a date wrong, or describe something incorrectly!

Writing research is vital, and the more you do before you begin, the faster you’ll be able to write, because you won’t be constantly interrupting your train of thought to look things up.

Think you work better without an outline? You’re wrong! Once you get used to using them, outlines can dramatically increase your writing speed and output! Tomorrow we’re going to take a look at some powerful outlining techniques that can make writing even faster, so be sure to look for it!

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