Research is vital to a compelling story - minor details in the setting, background, culture or historical placement can make or break a narrative. This week's guest poster, Susan Sloate, suggests that research is also a good substitute for plot! What do you think?
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Research and Writing
From science fiction to soap opera, good background research is so important to create the canvas on which to paint a novel. In today's how to be an author guest post, Scott Skipper shows how research and writing go together, using the discoveries he made while studying his genealogy. Three novels have arisen from this so far!
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Writers write, yes? Yes, certainly ... but at the same time, no. As a person who has made her living writing articles for government publications, R L Morgan has vast experience of writing for both sides of the coin. In today's How to be an Author guest post, she outlines the challenges in switching writing genres from factual commentator to writer of fiction.
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Readers generally absorb the setting of a story subconsciously - unless it grates with what they are familiar with! Choosing the setting of a story and accurately communicating it to the reader is, as How to be an Author guest poster, Jeanette Hornby, illustrates, "fundamental in establishing the mood" and believability of the wider story.
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