Digging In

researchI am currently working on  my latest fiction piece. This novel I am hoping to have published. Something that is crucial in the writing of this book is knowing what I am writing. That might sound so obvious, but not everyone seems to realize just how important this is. In light of that, when you write, RESEARCH. Know the little details. Are you using a real town/city as the main character’s hometown? If so, research the place and if possible, visit it! Learn the culture. What are the best restaurants? Is there anything that is really notable about this place?

Not only will this help you in setting your scene, but it also creates a connection for readers who are from that area or areas that you talk about in your book.

If you are looking for an example, one of the best that I have come across is Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Drama Series which consists of Redemption Series, Firstborn Series and Sunrise Series. Bloomington, Indiana is the place of interest. It becomes so familiar as you read that you find yourself at home and are easily able to visualize it. It is one more way to make your story come alive.

Research.

Know what you are talking about. The difference an hour of research can make is incredible when it comes to writing. Know enough sensory details about this place that you are writing – sights, smells, atmospheres, people, etc.

What books have you read that create this kind of setting?

What city would you have be your main character’s hometown and why?  What makes it special?

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2 responses to “Digging In

  1. You are spot on. You’ve identified one major obstacle for me becoming a decent novelist – I’m a lazy researcher. I much prefer a brief essay, a short story, or a spiritual commentary where I can sit in my faux-leather recliner and do my research on-line.

    As for good fiction writers who do their homework, I would suggest Barbara Kingsolver would be up there among the best.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. Thank you for reading.
    Barbara Kingsolver is good with that, you’re right. Thank you for your response.

    Best to you!

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