“The guiding question in research is ‘So what?’
Answer that question in every sentence and you will become a great scholar;
answer it once a page in a ten page paper and you’ll write a good one.”
Donald N. McCloskey
Research is on my mind. Why?
Reason number one: I'm currently teaching an online class for teens on how to write a research paper. They are in the thick of it, researching things like political corruption and women's 18th century fashions. I learn a lot from reading their papers.
Reason number two: The book that Susan J. Reinhardt and I are writing is historical fiction. I enjoy research. Well, usually. Sprinkling it accurately into fiction can be tricky. Chocolate helps. Just in case you wanted to know.
Reason number three: I am working on lessons for a new class at the Coffeehouse for Writers. Research is a key ingredient to a good set of lessons. But you knew that already.
Reason number four: Upcoming features at Write Now include interviews with the fabulously talented historical fiction authors Jody Hedlund and Sarah Sundin. They will be sharing a bit about their research. Oh, and they will be giving away a copy of their latest books! Stay tuned for details.
Bottom line - research is an adventure. You never know what interesting things you'll find, you know?
What's the most unusual thing you've ever come across in your research? What have you been researching lately?
Have a great weekend,
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