Conduct background research, interviews & observational research
How to research for writing
Research for writers: Get good at getting the goods
Conduct background research, observational research and interviews
Research project: Conduct three types of research before you write.
How to interview for an article to get stories
How to find the aha! moment and other tools
Better than a recording device: To get great stories in the interview, find the desk-pounding, or aha!, moment.
Good interview questions for an article
Go beyond the five W’s
Get delicious details: Develop a more compelling message when you ask more compelling questions.
How to interview a person for an article
‘Get the name of the dog’ and other ways to get creative material
Devil in the details: Get Snowball’s or Tubby’s or Frisky’s name.
How to conduct observational research
Try WBHA, or writing by hanging around
Just looking: Firsthand observation brings your message to life. So go to the scene and observe.
More on how to research for writing
Top research resources for writers
Websites, books & tools
Learn how to conduct better background research, interviews and observational studies.
Quotes on how to research for writers
What writers and others say
“Without great reporting, a story is like one big comb-over. You can see it from the third paragraph.” — Anne Hull, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The Washington Post