Research is time-consuming and hard work; however, this phase in
writing is essential to write a book that readers will find
believable and original. As long as you know where to start and what
you want to achieve with your work, then research shouldn't be a
problem. Here are a few basic steps to do research for your book.
Tip 1: Identify Your Topic And Develop It
The first step is to identify your topic. Decide what goals you want to derive from writing about it. Develop your topic by stating it as a question. For example, if your book topic is about love, then identify questions on what particular aspects about love you want to cover. This way, you begin to develop an outline about what you want to cover as well as a clear flow on how you want your story to go. This is a very good step to help you organize your thoughts.
Tip 2: Find Basic Background Information
Establish basic information about your topic. Search for keywords and do preliminary readings in encyclopedias and dictionaries that help you know what your topic is about. Concentrate on general information as the very basics, so that later on, you can search for other related information to flesh out your book topic.
Tip 3: Conduct Research on Current Studies
After you have educated yourself about your book's topic, you can expand to specific details about your book's theme. This may include exhausting many types of sources including informative published articles and even current or up to date studies that may present you with statistics and the latest findings.
Make sure you exhaust all your sources to know as much as you can about your topic. Use the Internet or popular magazines to know more about how your book's topic affects popular culture. This may even include asking people for their opinions on the issues that you are trying to cover in your book. Outside opinions can give you many ideas and insights that may prove useful to your work.
Conduct extensive research according to questions you had developed in the preliminary stages of your research. Always go back to the root issue, and do not deviate too much from the topic.
You probably won't use all information from your research as sources for your book; however, you can still use many types of information to give you ideas on what to write.
Tip 4: Evaluate Your Information
Before you close your research, evaluate the things you have discovered about your topic. Make sure you synthesize and separate what pieces of information is useful for your book and decide which information is too trivial.
Classify your information and where your sources came from. Although you may get ideas from magazines and newspapers, they aren’t usually used for academic purposes. Use Internet information sparingly as this can make your book look superficial and research-deprived.
Identify and include facts and information that are most vivid and can help you write convincingly on your book's topic. If you need to copy an idea from another published writer, don't forget to give credit and cite sources.
These simple tips can guide you in your research. Collecting facts and bits of information is essential to write a book that speaks boldly and convincingly to your readers.