NaNoWriMo Preparation: Conducting Research

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is now upon us! This is a writing challenge that encourages dreamers to create a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. So if you’ve been dreaming of putting your name in print, of sharing your message and story with the world, get writing now!

If you’re stuck, or clueless about where to start, I highly encourage doing some preparation work first. With October, or Preptober, coming to an end, you can still do your prep work before you start writing. I have a FREE four-part preparation course that you can start with. There’s a complementary Novel Writing Kit to aid you with the course well. 

The course starts with generating story ideas and plotting your story idea, followed by character creations, setting, and finally–research. 

For more information on Story Ideas and Plotting, go here.

If you need support with Creating Memorable Characters, read the article here

“Setting” up your novel can be found here.

And in this article, we will cover Conducting Research. 


It’s important to conduct research for your writing because it helps you understand the topics in your novel better, gives your story more depth and complexity, and makes your overall writing more interesting for your readers. 


There are seven things you must do in order to conduct research for your novel:

  1. Choose Your Story Idea
  2. Consider Keywords and Topics to Research
  3. Understand Sources of Information 
  4. Obtain Physical Resources
  5. Use Appropriate Search Engines
  6. Watch Videos 
  7. Start Taking Notes

View the video below to get in-depth information on the seven steps:


National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is here! In order to create a realistic world in your novel/story, during this short period of time, start researching now. Follow the seven steps needed to conduct research, and you will have a story that is filled with depth and complexity, that your readers will find to be interesting and enjoyable.

To help you with your research journey, I highly encourage you to watch my FREE four-part preparation course and obtain the complementary Novel Writing Kit.

Good luck and have fun writing!

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