Writer's Bane: Research: Research

Valerie Willis (Author)


We all have the curse of a story that yearns to be written.

The Writer's Bane is a curse and passion, both a want and need to tell a story. In this volume, discover ways to use research to help creates and enrich your characters, world, and plot. Join me as I share my passion for research for creating my work and how it can aid you with your own. Whether you need help with character development, worldbuiding, and making that plot turn in the direction you need it to go, there's a little something in here for everyone.

This volume covers many topics of research including:

  • How to keep organized
  • Types of research
  • Resources to consider
  • Breaking down how to use it for:
  • Characters World Plot
  • Several activity sheets
  • Countless examples from the author's own work and existing work
  • What to do with leftover research to benefit your author journey
  • Writing Prompts from her "Fact Inspiring Fiction" workshop
  • Articles from author's own leftovers for real life examples

Product Details

4 Horsemen Publications
Publish Date
October 26, 2020
8.5 X 11.02 X 0.37 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Valerie Willis is a Dark Fantasy Paranormal Romance author based out of Central Florida. She loves crafting novels with elements inspired by mythology, superstitions, legends, folklore, fairy tales and history. In 2018, she received the Reader's Favorite Bronze medal in 'Fiction - Mythology' and FAPA's President's Silver medal in 'Fantasy/Sci-fi.' You can find her hosting workshops or a guest speaker at many events sharing her expertise in self-publishing, novel writing, research in fiction, worldbuilding, character development, book design, reader immersion and more. Her Award-Winning Dark Fantasy Paranormal Romance, 'The Cedric Series, ' is a wonderful blend of genres that appeal to a wide-range of readers described as dramatic, lustful, and fantasy fulfilling. The motto here is: No immortal is beyond the ailments of man and that includes powerful creatures, demons, witches and Gods. Many of the monsters present in battle derive from Medieval Bestiaries and adds a fun flavor of new yet deeply rooted assortment of creatures such as Coin Iotair, Shag Foal, Cynocephali, and many more. For Young Adult readers look for her Dark Urban Fantasy filled with coming-of-age lessons, the 'Tattooed Angels Trilogy.' Hotan is a failed reincarnation and is becoming immortal against his will. Life is complicated and often we withdraw within ourselves and shut others out when life becomes hard. As the story unfolds we learn the importance of opening up and asking for support in all its forms even beyond friends and family. Each immortal controls powers of nature like fire and wind or elements of humanity such as fear or judgment. You can often find this Author hosting workshops about writing and self-publishing in the Orlando, Florida area or working on the next novel. She loves to inspire other writers and creative minds. Be sure to visit her blog for some of the writing advice she has to offer. Uniquely, she brings in a perspective that has influences from Game Development and Graphic Design.