Thursday, April 21, 2016

R - RESEARCH

R IS FOR RESEARCH



Research Resource for Writers


No matter the type of book you're writing, some type of research needs to be done, whether it's trying to find a name, a point of law, or a question of forensics for a crime novel.

HERE, and all in one place is an item that may help you. Usually, I just type the title of my research question into Google and get a list of items. But I came across this wonderful site and thought I'd share.




Click the HERE for access!


For Murder & Obsession I did quite a lot of research and one subject involved flying to Russia.



Murder & Obsession

Excerpt:

“It’s not easy getting into Russia. You have to file a request for flight authorization with Moscow. He’d also have to file flight plans twenty-four hours in advance. What did his paperwork show?” Steven asked.
“I’m assuming from your knowledge of the procedures you had considered this a possibility?” Agent Lopez said.
“Of course, with his heritage,” Steven said.
“Good, good.” Lopez seemed to relax with Steven’s acceptance of his theory. “Paperwork is pending; we’re still waiting to hear from Moscow, but I did get a few details from an officer at the Provideniya airport.”
“Did they pass through customs? Does he have connections in Russia?” Steven asked.
“That I don’t know yet. The paperwork will give us those details. I do know he landed at noon on October 21st. His associates we’re still investigating.”
“October 21st, but he was spotted in Nome on October 18th. Where was he before the flight to Russia?” Steven rubbed his chin and began to pace.
           “Again, it’s early in the investigation. There are hundreds of landing strips in Alaska, but we are assuming he came here to Anchorage since his home is here, and it’s where the flight to Russia originated. We’re checking all cameras at the airport, and the FBI will be doing another sweep of his home for possible evidence.”



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42 comments:

  1. A great R! Research makes your story flow and gives it credibility~ Gosh, I had no idea!

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    1. Hi, Ella, I can't imagine writing a book without having to do some research.

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  2. Russia and paperwork... It is probably the only thing I've found irritating while traveling to Russia. They don't call it bureaucracy hell for no reason. Great resources on the Writers Write website!

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  3. Research is the one thing I need to really sink my teeth into.
    There is so much interesting stuff on the net that the trick is not to get sidetracked by another AHA moment (AKA shiny new idea) that pops up in research mode.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Hi, Michelle, I know what you mean, I do get sidetracked when in research mode. And I have the files to prove it. :)

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  4. There's just too much paperwork involved in international travel nowadays, times we live in, I guess. How much paperwork depends of course on your own citizenship and where you're going.

    The research site sounds exciting, great R-word choice! Off to check that out! No, wait...maybe I should be checking out the A-Z blogs first. :)

    Have the nicest possible day!

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    1. Ha, ha, Nila, this month the blogs come first. :)

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  5. I always find that research is like Alice's rabbit hole if I'm not careful - I can lose hours :). Have to be strict with myself. Thanks for the link - I have bookmarked it.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I know what you mean, on the net time just disappears. I love research too. Hi, Natasha!

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  6. Research is half the fun of writing a book. I love research but probably spend far more time than necessary with it.

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
    R is for Running in Slow Motion
    Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

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  7. I love learning little tidbits like this when I read.

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    1. Cool, I'm glad I could provide a few! Thanks, Tamara!

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  8. I've had to research a few things a time or two. I usually use google as well. Have to keep that site handy.

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    1. It's the best thing about the computer, the amount of information available! Morning, Pat!

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  9. I think it would be easier, but not as fascinating, to research Russia using Google. What did we do as writers before the internet?

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    1. I still have a full set of encyclopedia's. LOL I love my encyclopedia's! Hi, Roland!

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  10. When I read fiction that gives me this kind of detail, I love that author. I appreciate the care s/he took to make the story engaging and accurate. Thanks, Yolanda.

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    1. Hi, Lee, so do I. The more realistic fiction is the better!

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  11. I so agree with you and I would go as far to say anything that we write requires research. A good blog article, a book, a short story, or an editorial or viewpoint article, they must all be well thought through and that comes from doing the proper research just as if you were writing non-fiction.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. So true, Pat, couldn't have said it better. Do the work and it shows!

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  12. Thanks for the link! I love doing research but have to be careful not to let it take over... :)

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  13. For me research is nonnegotiable. I always do a ton of it and always feel like I haven't done enough.

    @Kathleen01930
    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge

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    1. I know what you mean, it's funny how whatever your imagination can conceive, it may already be true. You need to get it right though! Hi, Kathleen!

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  14. I agree, as writers, we all need to do research from time to time. Sure, we write what we know, but we also have to be innovative and fresh. Research helps in this and makes thing clearer for us.

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    1. I agree 100% Jeffrey! It makes all the difference. You never want that reader questioning facts even in fiction.

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  15. nice one Yolanda - well researched :)

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  16. I love the research part of the writing process. :)

    Yvonne V

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    1. It's such fun, and takes time, especially with the distractions. :)

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  17. I end up looking up the most interesting things! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  18. Thanks for the links to the SEARCH info. I do a lot of research on my science fiction as well as the other novel I'm writing, which is an alternate history story. I still use a paper dictionary but if I can't find a word, then it's Google. . .Your book sounds intriguing, I wish you many sales when it hits the virtual shelves.

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    1. Gosh, that would be a wonderful thing! :)

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  19. Ah, research. Probably one of the reasons I like to write fantasy best. I don't have to do as much research about real things.

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    1. But it's so entertaining and informative!

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  20. The details in you story add so much depth. :)

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