Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

July 28, 2009

POLL: Where Do You Do Research On Your Novel?

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 4:53 PM

In days of old when authors had to do research on their novel, their research options were not only limited but geographically challenged. You either had to go to the library or actually visit the places you wrote about.

Then came along documentaries and videos that an author could find that could give him or her a better idea of location for their novel or even some background information.

Today we have the Internet.

Does that eliminate the library and the need to visit an actual location? We have at our disposal Google, MapQuest, Google Earth, Google docs, first person accounts of a place, event or situation through blogs and articles – and a gaggle of other resources available on the World Wide Web.

So which resources do you use?



  1. A Californian, I flew to NYC and spent a week in Brooklyn, explored tenement museums, Prospect Park, and took a bus down to visit the Steel Pier Museum in Atlantic City to get a feel for those places now and also tenement housing in the early 1900’s. Great trip all-in-all, and it’s the only way to get a sense of the people, the subways, etc.

    Comment by lynn doiron — July 29, 2009 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

  2. […] Frank Fiore is a bestselling author with more than 50,000 copies of his non-fiction books in print. Frank’s writing experience also includes guest columns on social commentary and future trends published in the Arizona Republic and the Tribune papers in the metro Phoenix area. Frank has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and General Systems Theory from Stockton State College and a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Phoenix. He and his wife of 30 years have one son. They live in Paradise Valley, AZ. Bookmark This […]

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