How To Research A Fiction Work

Creativity in itself is both an art and science of some sorts. When we make attempts to study or just browse through literary works or an essay, we get awed at how complex the human imagination can get. Our curiosity is immediately drawn to the details that make the book or article stand out. There are times we are asked to find out more about a literary work from a list of recommended works to read. Or we just get curious and want to learn more about the backstory of the literature. Like some of us, we are looking for inspiration to create something unique ourselves, so we turn to those who’ve written similar good stuff in that field.

Either way, we turn to various methods to look for that little detail that will crown our task. The internet is a good place to start. It is especially helpful if you have a fiction piece, but no standard to compare it to. You can search for various key phrases like ‘good fiction novels,’ ‘good fiction books to read’ and similar tags. If your search is aimed at a project that is going to help with coursework, you might need to consider some things to look out for:

  1. Backstory (excerpt)

A cursory glance at literature pieces listed as top ten fiction books reveals well-constructed backstories or background stories that are like tips of massive icebergs. The background plot is the foundation on which your literature work will take form. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction. Suspense is an important element to include in this part. While you don’t want the excerpt to give the whole story away, you also don’t want to sound dry and void of life.

  1. Genre

Every writer has a genre he or she has mastered, and different genres encompass varieties of books. Choose a genre that you can relate to to avoid sentiments. Being skeptical about certain literary pieces even though they are listed as the best of their genre is not usually helpful.

  1. Main character

Books are also ranked as high-quality works if the main character has an affiliation with the main theme of the research intended. For instance, if the theme centers on how a certain society interacted with females in its confines, “Little Women” can be a good place to start. Or if your aim is to create a paper or research essay based on politics as shown in fiction writings, “1984” could be a classic help.

  1. Relevance

Times change, and perspectives with them. Another cue for choosing a work of fiction for research is found in searching out the latest fiction novels, poems, and plays. Some literature examples are very savory for research, but end up having background stories built on obsolete ideas. These ideas might have been groundbreaking in the days they were used. But try including them now, and a large percentage of people who read your fiction research might get lost, if not confused. Also, when thinking of relevance, think like this, “What do I intend to achieve apart from putting my views out there?”

  1. Audience

When you try to impress, rather than communicate, you again risk losing your audience. Your decision to write with complex words or words found in an Old English dictionary can cost you. Try to be as grammatically simple as you are precise. If your audience consists of younger people, they could get bored easily just by browsing through. Your professor might appreciate it, who can tell?

  1. Content

Get your information in place! Content is the main ‘treasure.’ Verify from numerous sources, visit the city library if you have to. A trip to the library may sound archaic, but remember ‘the old broom knows better all the corners of the house.’ One flimsy detail in the wake of laziness to ‘dig deeper’ could be all you need to make a mess of your work. Keep in mind that there are people whose job is to specifically fish out poorly researched works. They make a living doing this. Try not to be on their top list. Another recommended thing is going to sites where you could find out more information from the latest real-time experts. A site promoting a question-and-answer interaction would be a priceless starting junction. There is beauty in originality; give people a platform to appreciate the reality embedded in your fiction research.

  1. Keep researching

There’s never too much research! Information picks up a new coat every day. In addition to getting your trustworthy information, constant research can contribute to a significant improvement in your storyline or a project line. If the hero of your research has a law related history, learning about the various judicial systems and comparing them about your hero can open your eyes to things you might not have noticed. The more information you work with, the more probable it is for you to produce a quality literary piece.


Author: Sandra Hayward
Email: sandrajhaywa@gmail.com
Author Bio: Sandra Hayward is a 37-year-old American journalist, blogger and writer. She is known for her work as an editor at the leading newspapers in the USA. Sandra is keen on importance of online business strategies, content writing, online marketing, and she usually give public talks on the abovementioned topics.



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