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The Art of Creative Research: A Field Guide for Writers

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All writers conduct research. For some this means poring over records and combing, archives but for many creative writers research happens in the everyday world—when they scribble an observation on the subway, when they travel to get the feel for a city, or when they strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by University of Chicago Press
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D.E. Chandler
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was learning from this book before I finished the first chapter. It's so full of insights that it will be worth reading many years after some of the technical information is outdated. Fantastic resource for someone looking into doing serious research for writing.
Cassie
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The least boring textbook you would ever need. So fascinating and well-written and full of stellar writers.
Sam DiBella
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this more to be mostly an account of several writers research processes, told concurrently, combined with enthusiastic advice of a generic kind (just ~do~ it, make sacrifices for what you love, sometimes you just need to ask for help). When subtract the above, there's not much left over other than that the styled writing itself, which works nicely. But that does not a guide make.
Lisa Ann Robertson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
There is useful advice in this book, but it surrounded by too much unnecessary anecdote. It's also repetitive in ways that aren't useful. But given the dearth of monographs and articles that address research for creative writers, it fills an important gap.
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The ultimate toolbox for culling and curating the vast information in the world. Inspiring for any poet, novelist, essayist, or nonfiction writer.
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Philip Gerard is the author of 13 books, including The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. Gerard was the author of Our State's Civil War series. He currently teaches in the department of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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