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ENGL 283: Creative Writing: Putting the Detail into Fiction
This LibGuide provides access to sources that support creative writing.
The New York Times Historical Database is useful to capture the news and happenings from a particular era. This database covers the New York Times newspaper from 1851 through two years ago from today's date.
Point Of View/Dialogue: if you’re using first person, do you need to research your character’s voice/dialect/vocabulary (where is your character from? What’s their education level? Etc.) For all POVs, how do your characters speak?
Character: do you need to know about a particular profession (is your character a doctor, policeman, mad scientist)? Has your character experienced something you need to research (alien abduction, a tour of duty in Iraq, or childbirth for instance)?
Plot: do you need to research some situation integral to your plot (is your character getting divorced? Married? Released from prison? Arrested for murder? Etc.)?