I love doing research. You can find out so much about trivia things besides it can open up your creative juices while writing your story. You can find the answers to almost everything by just researching. You can do it all on your computer. I still love going to the research department at the library and searching on microfiche, looking through old manuals and reports. Something about having my hands on them compared to looking it up on the computer makes it more personal to me.
To get you in the mood to do research here are some questions I came up with to help get you started on doing a research project. You can use online searcher engines or go visit your local library to find the answers. Have fun.
Find a movie you love. Watch it over again but this time you will need to take notes. Write down the name of the movie, the characters or stars playing.Give a description of what the movie is all about. Write down which part you loved and write down parts you disliked. Describe the main character and down the list of characters. Describe the location/setting. Describe the villain if they have one. Watch the whole movie and write down areas you think are noteworthy.After the movie is finish look over your notes.Write a 200 or less words review. Try to write it to sell to your readers so they too would want to watch it and love like you do.
Journal Writing Exercise: Top News You Must Write a News Article To Explain to Your Readers Why It Would Interest Them About The Topic You Are Writing About
Imagine you are a top blogger or news reporter, and you want to share a new research project or top news to your readers. Locate newspaper article, magazine articles or online relating this research.If it comes from a lengthy research article, you will have to cut it down to 200 or less words.Majority of readers prefer not to read page after page of research they want the writer to just get to the point. This is where you come in. You first have to catch their attention in the title of the article. Remembers the rules of writing you need a great beginning. This is where you explain what the topic about and how it relates or can help the readers. Next is the middle. The facts that lead to the research and facts to back it up. Last, the ending, it ties the whole article all together in one sentence. Expressing how important this information is to the reader.It can be a challenge in the beginning but with practice who can write like the pros.
When your characters maybe taking to themselves, or two or three or more individuals you need to learn to write dialogues.They is an art all in themselves writing dialogue.Screenplay writers are always writing in this format.When you give the readers a feel they are part of the scene while the characters are talking…this will draw them more into your writings.How many times have you read a story and the characters dialogue had to turning and turning the page to see what they will say next. Take a couple of your favorite fiction books and check out the dialogue going on.Get a feel of how it’s written.How take your journal writing book and start writing a dialogue.I even after I talked to a friend I would practice rewriting what we talked about. I always saw dialogue as a dance going back and forth. It can be poetic and the rhyme and action can all happen when two people are talking together.Practice writing dialogues.Take out the story or novel you are working on and add some dialogues.Experts do express it’s a craft but with practice you would be right up there with the pros. Don’t let others intimidate you. Just write and it will come to you.
Below choose character you would like to research about.
How research the character you choose. Where did the character live?Is the character real or legendary? Does the character have a special name or nickname? List the characters characteristics? Who were their friends? Who were their enemies? What are their strength and what are their weaknesses? How did they help or not help others?
What habit do they have?If you could talk to them what one question would you like to ask them?
As you do this project does it give you creative ideas of creating new characters in your story or novel you are working on? Studying
When writing a story or a novel you need to know the surrounding for your characters. First you need to narrow down which country for state the story’s going to take place.Doing a little research before, can help with adding details later into your story. This exercise is by randomly picking a country or state you would love to write about.Do some research about what’s the capitol is, state bird, population, weather, state flower, what grows there, what animals lives there, state tree, etc… Check a map to see which states, cities, towns, or countries border around it. List lakes, rivers, streams and oceans.Get to know your setting as much as your know your character.When you get a book publish do not be surprise in the comments someone will nick pick everything from your grammar, editing skills, spelling and even your facts about certain trivia things.It’s better to be prepared to cover all bases.Write in your journal other countries or states to get a feel of doing research while you are writing your stories.Have fun with this project and just maybe you will find out interesting facts about state or country you are writing about.
This journal writing exercise is getting to know yourself better. I like to pull out my latest resume and have it handy. Look over your resume throughout the years. Even having a photos, from the past to help you remember. Now take out your journal and write down in chronological order all you have experienced in your lifetime. Start with your birth to the present. Write down good times and bad. Life experiences, fun times and if you feel comfortable write down hard times. Keep writing until your get to the present day…today. This journal writing has no word count.Just explore and relate all you experienced. This is one main step toward writing your own autobiography.Look back at your list and now fill in the blanks relating more of what happen than how you grew of the experiences.Amazing exercise to see how awesome you really are. You may even want to share your autobiography with your children or even to the world. This is just the beginning.
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