Ahhh research, the part any write both loves and loathes. It’s really rather crazy how much in depth I need to go to fully understand what I’m about to write. Even though the majority of my research won’t make it into the story. I've always wondered if this is really necessary, but after attempting to read a library book yesterday, I've decided it is. I’m only at chapter three in the library book and have already been bombarded with more names than I've used in all three of my books (creatures/places included!) and the chaos of it leads the reader reeling. Or at least it has to me.
So this reassures me somewhat as I prepare to dive into research.
I’ve three distinct projects I want to work on, and all of them require research. So I’m going to start with family trees. Did you know you can create family trees on Word? It’s really easy and rather cool! Here’s a simple step by step for those of you who want to give it a shot.
1. Start with a blank page with its layout set to landscape
2. Go to the Insert tab
3. Select SmartArt (you can also do this in Excel – it has SmartArt too)
4. When it comes up with its variety of shapes, select Hierarchy
5. Add extra boxes where necessary by right clicking
And it’s pretty much that simple!
Take care all!
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