You may know Kami Garcia as the author of this week’s special edition of Daily Themes (the first of which is available here). Or perhaps you know her as the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, coming to the big screen February 13, 2013. Or perhaps you’ve heard the excitement surrounding Unbreakable the first novel in her upcoming solo series The Legion, (also being made into a major motion picture, by Mark Morgan, the same guy who produced the Twilight saga and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.)
But did you know that Kami Garcia won’t sleep in a room with the number “13” on it? Or that she has two dogs, named Spike and Oz after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? A little research can go a long way and today’s prompt is designed to help you use research to jump start new and exciting stories. For more Daily Themes from Kami Garcia, sign up here.
Figment Daily Theme – August 2, 2012
Research is King
Whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction, songs, or poetry, research can do more than provide you with important information. It can actually inspire you to write something new.
Make a list of five topics that interest you. Here is mine: natural disasters, voodoo, urban legends, how ventriloquist dummies are made, and lightning storms. Pick one of the topics on your list and do some research (Google it or grab a book and read on the topic for fifteen minutes). Start writing! Your story could end up being about a ventriloquist dummy that conjures a lightning storm while practicing voodoo to escape from an alligator in the sewer. Or yours could be better…
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