Step 6 - Get All The Facts
At this point it's time to do the necessary research. Content of your writing will determine the type and quantity of research required.
Research is searching for knowledge. It is the necessary facts to support your information.
When I first thought about writing "Boys on The Gold Coast" (http://amzn.to/AfpjG1) I asked myself if I had a large enough audience interested in baseball. A platform. The answer was a resounding yes. Consequently, writers must focus on a platform. We will discuss more about a platform in a later Step.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, lived with Abraham Lincoln for ten years. She left no stone-unturned gathering information.
John Grisham drew off his career as a lawyer and politician to write many well-liked crime thrillers. And his knowledge started during intensive studies in law school and later with hands on experience in the courtroom and political chambers.
Perhaps you read an Amanda Hocking romance and it hit a nerve in your brain to write a paranormal romance novel. As the ideas began to flow through your head from what you had already read, you were able to create a story line to share with many other romance lovers.
I write baseball stories like "On The Road Again," (http://amzn.to/14DmZmT) a subject that lots of people are interested in. You might say that it has UNIVERSAL appeal. My ideas started at The Wall. Read Step 2. But I also read lots of sports magazines to get better informed about baseball. The Walton's, a TV series, inspired me to write. Then I coached a Little League Baseball Team that provided some real hands-on experience.
After I wrote my second book "The Unknown Baseball Player," (http://amzn.to/ktuge9) I began to realize the importance of good research.
Next week we look at Step 7 and the First Draft.