Part of my writing routine is to research an idea before deciding on whether I should invest time into writing a story board. Some ideas are just that ideas – they sound good but don’t aways transform into books. And that’s okay.
Researching an idea to means going beyond the search engines and delving into the fine details that otherwise are easily missed. A writer should be able to navigate open source networks, fill out a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and track down sources who would be willing to give an interview. After all the little details that are weaved in a story make it compelling.
Freedom of Information Act or FOIA could be especially useful to writers who are investigating a single topic and require government documents to backup the storyline. It’s worth noting; however, that FOIA request could take up to several months to approve. One way to save yourself some time is to search around their database and see if someone else might have requested similar report as you. It’s a starting point.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. If you’re looking beyond the search of government reports, check out the international and special format collection.
Research is a one of the fundamental blocks of writing a successful book. Readers should always learn something knew from your pages, not only get inspired. There are many more websites out there that you could use in your quest for information. Share your best suggestions with me on Twitter or drop me a line on my website.