Writing Tip: The Importance of Background Research

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Writing Tip: The Importance of Background Research

We all like to write about things that we understand. When we do, we do not necessarily need to do massive amounts of background research: a minimal amount will do at the points in our writing where we wish to delve into the subject a little further. But usually, the more details that your writing becomes, the more likely you are to step into unknown territory.

It is not uncommon to write about something that you do not know a great deal about, however it can become obvious to your readers very quickly if you do not do the correct background research. You do not have to take a long time researching, pouring laboriously over heavy books, to learn the key points and vocabulary to slip into your writing. Many people know how to do quick but detailed research from their studies, but if you struggle then there are many places online that can help you to learn.

Avoid using websites such as Wikipedia if you can. For basic information you can use websites focused on exam revision for school students, and if you’re looking for more detailed stuff, then you can bet there are websites out there that are dedicated to your subject.

Don’t spend too much time on your research. You don’t want to lose yourself within the research unless you’re planning to dedicate an entire book to it. Perfect your skills to carry out efficient background research, then place key information within your writing to show that you have an understanding of the topic.

Written by: Laura Clark

* Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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