4.1.2 Different approaches to research
As you can see, different writers have differing approaches to research – and you may find a similar variety among any fellow writers. But are there things you have to do?
Consider what the novelists that you’ve just heard – Tim Pears, Patricia Duncker and Alex Garland – say about research, and note down your thoughts. The relevant questions might start with:
- What are the key areas of research for writing a novel?
- Does life experience have anything to do with research?
- Do you have to undertake research for a novel or story that is set in the present day?
- Are there any dangers in researching for a story? If so, how do you counter these dangers?
- Can you rely on memory if writing about an era within your lifetime?
- What was the difference in attitudes towards research between the three writers?