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Benefits Of Research

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 08, 2018 06:39

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One of the most pleasant phases of writing a novel (for me at least) is doing the research.  For instance, I never write about a place I haven’t visited.  Therefore it has been my joy to have traveled the world and explored places like Egypt, East Africa, Australia. 

Although my latest novel, “The Far River,’ takes place right here in my own California and does not offer exotic travel, nonetheless the book had its research rewards.  The story is about three generations of two families who came to California from Germany to establish a winery.  So naturally, before
I could write about a winery, I had to visit one – several of them, in fact.  I need to give the book that authentic flavor, don’t I?  And of course, visiting wineries one must always sample the products (we have many wineries in California and tour companies that provide buses or limousines that allow visitors to go from one winery to the next without worrying about driving – aaaahhhh, beautiful).


In fact, I so thoroughly enjoyed my research into wineries and
wines, that I am now looking to my next novel and the extensive research
it will require.  My thoughts are running along the lines of a
manufacturer of fine chocolates.  What do you think?

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