5 TIPS FOR A WRITERS RESEARCH TRIP
Last year, I planned my very first solo trip overseas to Ireland. This was to be a soul-searching trip for me as well as research trip for my upcoming series set in Medieval Ireland and the UK. While simply saying I wanted to go to all the castles as well and good, I found that I needed a plan to make my time efficient. Below are 5 tips that I found were pivotal in making my Emerald Isle trip a success.
1.) Plan ahead, but be flexible.
Have a rough outline of the places you would like to see, but be open to change if you stumble upon something better. Do some research ahead of time on the kind of things you need to investigate and find out where they lie. Create an itinerary with these items and prioritize them.
Cold canvas some contacts via the internet and social media groups that would be involved in the sort of things you want to research. Write a lovely intro email/letter formally introducing your self and what you are wanting to research. These people will be great to a.) meet b.) keep in contact for the writing process and c.) you may even be lucky enough to be offered to stay with them.
3.) Time out
We all get excited with the prospect of being in another country, particularly a place we want to write about. But while you are busy soaking in information like a dehydrated sponge, you mustn’t neglect timeout.
Find a quiet spot (like a grassy hill) and sit and meditate. Seek God on what you need to discover and find while you are there. Observe the sites, close your eyes and observe the smells, the feel and the sounds. What birds can you hear? What kind are they? Can you describe their sound? What season is it and what does that smell like?
4.) Record everything and collect
Gather as much information as you can. Photos, journals, even if you don’t think you need it, it MAY come in handy and it’s not like you can just skip back over to that country tomorrow. Collect catalogues and brochures on the sites you visit and see if you can buy books from local heritage sites and gift stores.
5.) Double up
As an author, it’s sometimes hard to get out to new places. So if you are planning a long distance overseas research trip. Make some arrangements in advance to promote your previous novels. Contact bookstores and radio stations and organize some book signings. You’ll find that most bookstores in other countries are very welcoming of international authors.
If you are interested in seeing more photos from my trip, or viewing some of the video blog's that I filmed and stuck on YouTube from my trip, feel free to visit the following links.
PHOTOS FROM IRELAND TRIP
YOUTUBE VLOGS FROM IRELAND
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