Research Tidbits/Conclusion – May 21st

The Research Week has come to its end. First off, I just want to thank all of you who have participated! Your participation has helped me (and others, I’m sure) do some research for their novels. More than that, when you submit your research to the RRW, other writers will be able to see your research and use it for their own novels as well! So, thank you so much.

Despite the Research Week being officially over, I think I’ll still keep researching for a little while, since I procrastinated I didn’t research all the topics I wanted to, and I encourage you all to keep researching as well. It is so helpful in making your writing realistic and believable, and you’ll just learn more!

Oh, and one more thing before I share my research-y quote and a little about it: in about a week, I’m going to make a post with links to all the research that was done this week. So during this coming week make sure to get all the research you did together and submit it to the RRW, and once it’s been added to the site, comment with the link(s) here. Then we shall all be able to look at each other’s research!

Now, for the quote:

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I really love this quote, because I think it describes what we do with writing in a beautiful way. Writing is realistic and unrealistic at the same time. Relatable, believable even, and yet fantastical.

Because when you write, what you’ve researched doesn’t have to be the truth. That’s what imagination is, that’s what writing is. You find the truth and twist it. You go back to a decision that was made and change it. You warp everything just a little, and immerse your readers in the magic that you’ve created.

Research, knowledge, experience, that’s the baseline. You need it so that you can have somewhere to push off from, a reference to look back at, but the beautiful thing about writing is that you can see it from a new perspective.

Research makes the story believable, and imagination is what makes it beautiful and interesting.

So when you look back at your research, try to “think what nobody else has thought”. Isn’t that why we write, anyway? To show a new perspective, to show how things could be or might have been.

It’s a beautiful thing, to imagine, to write, to share, and when that is supplemented with research and realism…you might even be able to change the world.

How has the Research Week gone for you? How much did you get done? What have you been most excited about learning? (I’m researching castles right now!) Tell me, why do you write? And don’t forget to share the links to your research once you get them!

Research Tidbits – May 17th

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There’s your quote for today, which I found amusing because half the time when I’m researching I have no idea what I’m supposed to research for or how to research or where to research…but I almost always find something interesting (and sometimes I even find plot bunnies which is simultaneously amazing and frustrating).

So, if you have no idea what to research, it’s okay! Einstein says so. Even so, you should at least try to research. I’m sure there’s some other quote from him about that, but…you can look that one up yourself. (Maybe you’ll even end up researching Einstein himself!)

Anyhow, I hope you have all been researching your little ginormous brains out! I wasn’t able to do any until today, but I spent some good time on it and researched nuclear explosions and residual radioactivity and all that good stuff like that. I shall share one fun fact with you, and the rest can wait until it gets submitted and posted on the RRW.

Fun Fact: The temperature of a nuclear explosion can reach that of the center of the sun (100,000,000° Celsius). [Yes, that is a hundred million degrees Celsius.]

Now, onward to the last tidbit, which is a fabulous resource for you to use:

The Citation Machine! If you’re having trouble citing your sources in the format Morgan gives on the RRW, or if you don’t even know what MLA is, the Citation Machine is for you. (Or if you’re lazy, like me. I mean, it saves time and lets you research more, right? 🙂 )

What is the Citation Machine, you might ask? It’s this nifty website someone awesome person created where you enter in a URL or book title or newspapers or magazines or whatever your research is, and it’ll give you your citation in pretty much any format your teachers will ask you for. (It’s a fantastic resource for school papers.)

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Easy peasy, right? You can find the Citation Machine at and get your citations done easy. However, please note that sometimes the Citation Machine will not have all the information you can find, so you may need to add information if you can find it. (Usually most of it’s at the bottom of the webpage.)

That being said, it is an awesome resource and you should all use it! (Unless you want to research MLA formatting and how it came to be, or why there are so many different kinds of citation formats, or what each kind is for. That actually sounds semi-interesting.)

How have your first few days of researching gone? What have you researched? Tell me all about it! Are there any other researching resources that you use or quotes on research that you know of? Tell me the randomest fun fact you know! 😀