In the midst of a rest and relaxation period, write and read a novel every day for an entire month. Read at least one chapter of the novel in each writing session. Ask yourself: “Does this chapter teach me anything I didn’t already know?”
Another way to research and improve your novel are to find out who the main character is and why they are involved in the story. Is it to clear some legal name or to solve a marital problem? Be specific about the character, and you will be very successful in developing and creating a rich and memorable character.
After writing the first draft of the book, ask yourself, “How many people did I sell on my book?” That number tells you how much people want to buy the book. You may be surprised how many people you sold on a book!
Finally, read the work of other authors. Read their novels so that you can relate and hear their voices, and learn from their mistakes. However, don’t copy what they do, but rather build upon it.
A major note about researching is to plan well. You will need to have enough time to get started, since you will be reading and studying the work of other authors. That being said, it is important to remember that any research done while writing the novel is a valuable contribution to the final product.
Resources such as books, articles, and films can be an excellent source of information, especially if you are not familiar with an author. You may want to purchase additional books, magazines, and movies to expand your knowledge about the subject.
If possible, try to listen to the audio version of the book to gain more insight into the characters and to understand their thoughts on certain issues. The last thing you want to do is bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue. Instead, add in some sound clips and short conversations to help the story flow smoothly.
Following these suggestions will help you write a book more effectively, as well as make the novel researched. The more research you do, the better you will be able to understand and explain your ideas, no matter how complex they may be.