How to do the research required to write a novel:
- Make friends with a librarian. Some are friendlier than others.
- Use Google Maps to determine where your characters live. Write the address down.
- Travel to the place where your story is set. Don’t knock on the door.
- Read novels that include the themes in your novel. All of them.
- Read anything that might marginally be related to your novel. All of it.
- Find a quiet place to work. Don’t forget to eat cooked food.
- Apply for grants that might support research for your novel. You might not get any.
- Don’t take research so seriously. It’s not a thesis, it’s a novel.
- Stop researching. Use your imagination.
- Rely, primarily, on your imagination. It’s more reliable than you think.
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