Over the past week, I came up with a new idea for a manuscript. I'm thrilled with my start and still haven't written a word. How's that, you ask? The answer is research. This new project is strangely out of my element. Historical fiction, if you can believe it. Definitely YA.
Thanks to the internet, I've got quite a bit of research done. While there are some trips to the library in my future, I have enough information to sketch out a vague outline. Once I've got the detailing complete--more information on clothing, hairstyles, speech, proper etiquette--I'll start writing the manuscript.
Research is an essential part of my writing. I think I've had to look up information for just about all my manuscripts, though not to this amount of detail.
Here are some things I look for when I research information for a manuscript:
1. Time Period - what is unique about this time period?
2. Clothing, Styles, Language, Etiquette
3. Vocabulary - what words are important to the topic of the manuscript?
4. What kind of house, town, region?
5. Names - Keep the names appropriate for the time period or style of manuscript.
Any research ideas you'd like to share?