I am writing something new at the moment. It is completely different from my writing to date and I am getting a great deal of satisfaction from it.
Unlike much of my previous writing, I am writing this one “off the bat” straight from head to paper with only a few high level notes of the principal characters, setting and so on. This is very much “not my way” but I like the feel of the writing so far.
However, at some point there is a need to give the story some setting in the world, and given that it is children’s fantasy I have done a few selected searches using the good old computer and have discovered much about the myths and legends of where the book is set. This is brilliant because I can weave certain parts in to the story, thus aiding the authenticity and giving the story depth.
Authenticity and depth are essential tools that a writer needs to have in their writing toolbox to make their writing stand out from the pack.
So for just about any task do some research, it may not need to be great screeds, but local history, people, places and myths can be the things that makes your writing stand out from the pack. It may also uncover something so grand and exciting that it may be the subject of your next book, and that, in any writers situation is called a RESULT!