do your research

Research. A word that many, many people shy away from. “Oooh, it’s such a hard thing to do!”, “I simply don’t have time for that.”, “But can’t I just make it up?”

No it’s not, if you don’t have time for that you don’t have time to write a book, and no. No, you cannot just make it up.

Now, a lot of people do research – the thing is, they just don’t do it right. The might research the wrong things, or get their facts wrong – maybe they don’t even write it down.  So how do you research?

#1 – make sure you have the materials to do so. 

I don’t just mean a paper and a pen/pencil/quill to write it down. I mean: what are you going to look at for your research? With the internet, you quite literally have the world at your fingertips (why, thank you, Google Maps). So yes, using the internet is good – just remember that people can lie on the internet, so make sure you look at many different places for your research. If possible, head to your local library. Books are a mountain of information, and it’s most often factual correct – just try and make sure it’s as up-to-date as possible. And, obviously, make sure you record everything useful and relevant that you find out. Even if you think you might not need it, try it anyway – it could come in useful in the future!

#2 – look in as many places as possible 

Information overload. Naa – no such thing! Keep looking, looking, looking! You might think you know every Greek monster out there, but then you have a glance at yet another textbook – and, oh! You find another one! You may discover something you never even realised – or find out that the information you had always relied on to be false.

#3 – keep referring to your research

Make sure that, once you have your notes – and make sure you keep lots and lots and lots of notes – you keep looking at them, reminding yourself of them. Don’t forget them, or get mixed up and tell your readers two different things.

#4 – when you actually write, don’t info dump with your research 

Don’t tell your readers everything in one go! Your readers only need to know the necessary stuff and they don’t need to know it all at once! Let in little bits here and there, in a way that still makes it interesting for your readers.

Hope that helped! I’ll do one on how to research, perhaps, later this week or early next week.

Questions? Shoot. 🙂

Ps, I like GIFs. I think I’ll use them more often.


I’m Really Sorry

Hi guys,

I’m really sorry that I haven’t posted in ages. I will once more when I actually have some decent ideas of what to write about…

In the meantime, have a short story, thing. Or, you can read it here on ReadWave, a site for 3 minute stories (or 800 words). This one isn’t 800, but enjoy anyway.


I Think I Care Too Much

When people ask, “What do you care about?” it’s easy to say what was probably the first thing that popped into your head: “Oh, my family of course.”

And, when you think about it, yes, that is true.

But when you think about it some more, other things pop into your mind.

Friends, even ones you don’t talk to that much any more; pets, even ones who are a little bit wild; hell, even food – ’cause you’re lucky if you have a full plate every night.

And then you think a little more, and other things make themselves aware.

You care about that special book that you’ve had since childhood; or the teddy bear that you couldn’t sleep without. Even your favourite seat on the school bus, or a pen that you thought was lucky and had it in every single damn exam – even when there was no more ink left.

Perhaps you’re a little more superficial – you care about your phone, or laptop, over other things. Or even a special woolly Christmas jumper, that you pretend you hate but secretly cannot wait to get out every year.

Sometimes even just sitting in front of the TV and watching your favourite program or a film with a hot drink and a blanket.

There are a lot of things many people care about – sometimes too many to list, even if you had all day.

But, for most of us, there is that special someone in your life. You know the one – they make it seem like you are floating on air when your feet are firmly on the ground, like your heart is beating at 10,000 miles an hour, and you pray and pray and pray that it will never, ever end.

See? That one person just popped into your head, didn’t they? The person that makes you smile when you think of them; the person who’s voice you can hear in your mind, and that voice that you can formulate into any sentence you wish; the person who’s face you fall asleep smiling about and is the first thing that pops into your mind in the morning.

And if I asked you after reading this, “What is the thing you care about most of all?”

What would you honestly, truly say?