A Personal Journey Disguised as “Doing Research”: Introduction

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Ahhh, research. You either hate it or you love it. Some authors can lose themselves in libraries, encyclopedias, and the Internet, drunk with research, and forget entirely about writing their book. Others avoid research like the plague because, seriously, why bog down your imagination with facts?

Love it or hate it, research is vital to a successful story. Getting your facts wrong is one of the most sure-fire ways to alienate your savvy audience and make sure they never pick up one of your books again–much less recommend them to a friend.

But research can be so much more than fact checking or guaranteeing yourself against mortal embarrassment. Research can become a personal journey. It can enrich and shape your life and career in surprising ways. In this month’s clinic on doing research, we’re going to explore four of those areas:

  • A supplement to brainstorming
  • An excuse to do crazy things
  • A supplement to your income and book promotion
  • An education in what it means to be human

Disclaimer: In case you haven’t figured it out already … yes, I’m one of those authors who can spend months at a time in the library. But whether you already love research or you’re looking for a way to stomach it better, I hope this month’s class will deepen your appreciation.

This class will run every Wednesday in May. Optional homework assignments will be included, and discussion is always encouraged in the comments! If you want to make sure you don’t miss out, feel free to subscribe to our blog. See you in class!

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