Research Research Research!

Over the past year I have finally put my stubborn pride behind me. I have truly bent to the almighty power that research has on writing a book, short story, etc.

First of all, creating a scene that is more realistic will bring more (not-so-naive) readers into your story. Remember, all stories must be relatable to the reader, so if you write about a gorgeous forest but forget the fact that there are old leaves on the ground and more than one type of tree, readers, especially those familiar with woodland areas, are likely to question your ability as a writer.

Secondly, as I have learned today, research can bring a flat scene into an explosion of life. Today I visited Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. Old Man’s Cave was the most spectacular sight I have ever witnessed, alive with bright green towering above on the high moss-covered cliffs that make you realize how small you are compared to Mother Earth. Sunbeams illuminate the rushing small falls that are splashing down naturally carved rock. Boulders of every size stand strong on the opposite side of the gorge, just below a humongous slanted rock that acts as a visor to the sun. This site brought a burst of color to the world in my story. No longer are the unclaimed forests of the middle ages filled with nothing but trees and trees and more trees and even ground, but are curving and sloping and giving way to the carved out rock that reaches a hundred times your height. It wasn’t until today that there was no life in the place where most of my story occurred! I explained hardly anything, when really there is so much more to the world in which they are living. I didn’t even think about how the area is cooler in these gorges, and how often water and streams find their way through the trees.

There will be many changes to my very dull and lifeless imagery. Research is a friend to the writer, even though it may take a little more work. In the end, if you want the best piece of work you can make, the effort to research will be well worth it.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne-Mhairi Simpson
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 07:13:14

    Research definitely adds an extra dimension or three to a scene.

    I just wanted to say thanks for subscribing to my blog! The thing is, I moved over to a self-hosted website a while ago, so you might want to check that out instead 🙂


  2. abigailkrocker
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 13:31:11

    Thank you! I will. Thanks for the comment. 🙂


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