Research as Inspiration
When you are writing a historical novel or a novel based in the not so distant past, it is always better to do research. Research will always boost the writer’s confidence and make his story stronger. What many people do not know however, is that research can also be an inspiration, your story can take a whole new direction if your research work suddenly unveils something exciting, something you did not know before. The class will be doing exercises. We will settle for a central character and a certain situation: Then three different source texts will be handed out (before or during class) and people will be asked to combine elements from them all into their story.