Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Author Tips

Tips for researching for your novel based on your own experience

Doing a research is a key step in writing your novel, whether you’re creating a fictional world based on your own experience or developing an entirely unfamiliar territory.

The results will let you provide an immersive experience to your readers and help you develop your characters with realistic details. Revisiting your own experiences can largely inspire your story. Below is a list of tips that can help writers show their story to the readers as opposed to just telling them tales.

  • Reimagine the event when you grew up in your hometown and had an unforgettable memory such as falling in love with a friend or going through some horrible incidents.
  • Create a story based on your traumatic experiences that helped mold you as time passes by.
  • Recall a time when you were deeply embarrassed.
  • Think of a specific moment in your past that you regret the most.
  • Recall the happiest and saddest moments of your life.
  • Reveal a secret that nobody else knows except yourself.

Many authors build their stories from personal tales. However, developing their plot and characterization does not necessarily mean they stick straight to the facts. Reinventing them is the key.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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