Is this research? Sure it is. But there’s more. Jotting is a wonderful exercise. If we can pull our stories from everyday experiences, we have all the information we need at our fingertips. With a trip or two to the town library for some local history, we can authenticate and escalate the process as well. However, if our story involves leaving our town, or our time, we may have more work to do.

For one story, our card file/3 ring binder may hold all the information we need at our fingertips. For another we’ll have to scour several sources to garner sufficient material to create a believable story. Let’s look at some primary sources for research and techniques we can utilize to gather information.

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