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 on: January 28, 2015, 08:00:14 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Barb -- thank you so much for the time you've shared with us these past two days. It's been super!


 on: January 28, 2015, 06:17:00 PM 
Started by Barb Kramer - Last post by Barb Kramer
I don't set time limits, but I suppose that if I were a better business woman, I would. There have been some projects that I decided not to pursue though because of problems with finding the information I need, or want. But I keep files for those projects hoping I might have a breakthrough later.

 on: January 28, 2015, 06:11:07 PM 
Started by sarakay - Last post by Barb Kramer
A lot of people aren't aware of that, Katie. I hope your library subscribes to a database you can use, and be sure to ask it you can log on to it from home with your library card number. For me, that's a great luxury.

 on: January 28, 2015, 05:11:43 PM 
Started by sarakay - Last post by KatieC
I had no idea libraries had databases like this. I feel so silly! Haha. I will definitely be using that in the future. Thanks so much for stopping by, Barb! This is all so helpful.

 on: January 28, 2015, 05:06:17 PM 
Started by sarakay - Last post by KatieC
Oh wow, what a great example. I will definitely be keeping this in mind when researching Smiley.

 on: January 28, 2015, 05:04:36 PM 
Started by Barb Kramer - Last post by Fancy
Thank you for all the cool ideas you've shared. I would be Miss Marple, I think....but that brings me back to the time question. Do you set limits for yourself on just how long to spend looking for that unique angle?

 on: January 28, 2015, 12:56:36 PM 
Started by Barb Kramer - Last post by ColoradoKate
Cool! Thanks.

 on: January 28, 2015, 12:45:53 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Once I start writing, I see holes, places where I need more information to round out an idea. That gives me more direction with the research.
I've always found this to be true also -- in nonfiction AND in fiction. No matter how much research I did, there was always something else I was going to go look for after I started writing.

 on: January 28, 2015, 11:55:30 AM 
Started by Barb Kramer - Last post by Barb Kramer
I've mentioned how important it is to give readers something new, but what happens if you've already done a ton of research and still don't have anything different? What I do in that situation is to look at the research from a different point of view. An example is my biography about Mahalia Jackson. I was discouraged with the research because the quotes I had came from a handful sources and many other writers had used quotes from those sources. I wanted something different, but I had already exhausted my sources. So I decided to look at her through someone else's eyes. I knew she was good friends with Studs Terkel and that he had written about her several times. So I started researching him. That led me to a taped interview he did with her, and that gave me some fresh quotes to use.

It's important to be creative with the research because that's how you uncover those small details that make the research so much fun. I like to think of myself as a detective letting one clue lead to another. If I get stuck, I think about what my favorite detectives would do.

 on: January 28, 2015, 11:34:49 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by Barb Kramer
You're welcome! Good luck with your writing and research!

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