The importance of a good research to bring depth in the writing can never be underrated. A proper research digs the material required for writing; therefore, in this part of the 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing series I will talk about the power of research, and how to employ it to make your writing better.
Do not complicate your writing, nor should you complicate your research objective; keep it simple stupid. By keeping things simple, you will have clear objective of what you want, and why you are undertaking certain activity. A complex idea never gets executed.
While researching for your big book, do not take anything for granted. Things that you or people around consider normal may be just so because of the laxity in thought on your part. Think it over and find why something is normal and others are not considered normal. Ask why writing with right hand is normal, and using left hand to write is not normal? Ask simple questions and challenge the faculty of normalcy.
When you start researching for a subject, you assume certain things and then move forward to prove it. Just think how great a tragedy will it be when half-way though your research you come to know that your assumptions where faulty? Do not just assume the assumption; verify it before developing it further.
Thinking is the best way to check your assumption, and explore the topic. Before you take your research gear, just sit tight and think over the topic, and take mental note of things that pop up. First make a mental map then draw it on a paper. The mind map thus made will be very effective.
Do not conduct a research when you are eating or doing any other secondary work. If you want quality output from your work then you need to put designated hours in research. Do not multi-task when doing research; concentrate on the topic at hand, and try to find the information required to answer the questions posed.