This is a picture of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, UK. This picture was taken by photographers from the Country Life magazine in 1936. Here's a picture of Raynham Hall (below):
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I've been thinking about writing a ghost story for the past few days and decided today that I would research on ghosts. But I was kind of stuck. How do you research a ghost story? Ghosts don't exist! Or do they?
I read some articles on ghosts and haunting spirits in gardens and then proceeded to Youtube where I watched some videos of British ghostly tales and am now too scared to look out of the window into the dark night. So I think that's enough research on ghosts for now although I am now spooked enough to write a spooky ghost story.
I'm looking forward to actually writing the story though! It should be fun!
Being a writer, you have to do a lot of research and it can be tough. Lucky for me, I'm a paranormal freak and had to compile an entire lecture on ghosts back in Year 9. That was fun but everyone called me Ghost Girl for a while after that (remember I was called Ghostie Girl in the first few blog posts!).
So here are some tips for anyone who is researching for a book:
- Make it clear what you need to research. Just typing ghosts/vampires/zombies into Google won't get you an optimal result.
- Have a folder dedicated to your research.
- Read everything you can about your topic in detail. This is important in helping you build up your world.
- Refine what you about your topic into what is going to be included in your work. For you imaginative folk, use about 50% of your research and existing mythology and make up the other 50% but remember to use your extensive research as a guideline so you don't go off and write about
- Write an article on your topic but ensure it is refined and includes all you need for your writing. I would suggest an introduction, about 8 points about the topic in detail and a conclusion. (For my research on magic and witchcraft in the UK, I wrote a 3000 word article on my findings. About 40% of my article is fiction and 60% is based off previous beliefs and facts).
So how do you research? Is it an exciting part of writing or would you rather not have to go through it? What would your advice be? I would love to know what you think so feel free to leave a comment.
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