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13 Tips for Young Writers / Day Seven: Research

by Dr. K. Mark Hilliard

Day 7: Research

Do some research with your young writers on the subject they want to write about, so what they discuss is accurate. If they are writing about space, find a book on the topic. If talking about baseball, watch games and talk about baseball terms.

Even if they are creating a story about a make-belief planet or make-belief animal or a make-belief town, they may want to base it on some fact to help it make a little more sense to the readers.

But if they talk about something that is real, they truly need to include some real details. For this research you two can use books, the internet, or simply ask people questions about the subjects your young writers are writing about to help them create a good story that is believable.