July Camp NaNoWriMo: First Weekend

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I started off July’s Camp NaNoWriMo by going to the library for research purposes. Worldbuilding is an important aspect of writing, so it is just as important to do proper research. For Deerstalker, the novel I have been working on all year, I have to do a lot of research due to the specific time period and setting I chose. Not only do they have a large impact on the plot, but it also affects small things, such as food, clothing, and customs.

I picked up books about the culture of the regions I have chosen to incorporate into my novel and the time period it is placed in so I can have a better understanding of the world. While my story contains supernatural elements that are not present in our world, I still want to bring in realistic elements to ground the reader.

I’ve actually had a lot of fun researching the culture and setting over the past few days. I learned a lot about history that I never would have imagined had I not chosen this specific period and region. These snippets of information will serve to enrich the plot, characters, and overall story by adding in details that the reader can relate to. I look forward to learning more about the places and peoples I have chosen for this story! I have already thought of new scenes to add based on the information I found so far, and can’t wait to write them out.

Step Three: Research

Research is just as important as writing in the process of creating a novel. In my latest Hub Pages article, I talk about the research methods and sources for authors before they start writing. Writers often research while they write as well, but it’s good to start off with some information to aid in writing. Doing too much research could interrupt the writing process!

Quick Tip: Libraries are your friends; get your hands on some physical books, smell the old pages, instead of relying solely on internet resources.