How to become a Researcher for WritersBecoming a researcher for writers?
As I researched for 3 New York Times bestselling writers (in my spare time)
To be able to make convincing case for something - be it a story in a textbook, a blogshop or a multi-million US dollars VC pitches - you need tales that surround your case, a wealth of narratives to complement real cases, and powerful facts to destroy counter-arguments in an empirical way.
When I was 21 years old, my research was used by bestselling writers like Robert Greene, Tim Ferriss and Tucker Max. Do I have to become a settler to achieve this? Somebody comes into your home and sees your many ledgers in your many book shelves.
Did you really see them all? They ask. Most of a good book collection consists of unread titles, so you can contact them if you don't know something. Throughout my studies I once recall in high school, the boast I felt about being able to type an overall research paper with material from my own nonlibrary.
All of us have ledgers and newspapers we haven't been to. The only thing that was changing was that I began to get remunerated when I ran into Robert Greene and he asked me to be his research aide. I had already tagged and organised several hundred interesting guides and materials and many other related titles that I had not yet found.
I had practiced myself by searching for some of the illustrious statutes in his book after they were released - in case I was ever appointed to the big champions. That is the goal you as a scientist must strive for, not only to have enough materials - and to know where the remainder of what you haven't been reading will be - to do your job.
but you' re fucked if you haven't got yourself straight. As he researched the mysteries of nutrition and good nutrition, he used a few special picks to dramatically decrease the range of searches he had to do. He' would browse Google with words like"[My next town][Sport] [Olympia' or'World Champion' or'World Record']" A quest for "San Francisco Bob Olympian" could give him a recently pensioned medical specialist - the ace.
You search for words that appear in a post or even in the headlines of an item about the people you' re looking for, so you can find LexisNexis, Google News Archive, and even Google itself. As it turns out, the sentence "The Last Ace" is the name of a great piece in The Atlantic by Mark Bowden and now you have your combat driver (and one of the major themes of Robert Greene's new book).
When I was doing research in my own publication, which was selling for a large six-figure prepayment to Penguin, I was reading almost everything I could find about the story and environmentalism of the press. I made my most powerful quotes from Ender's Game, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton and a fistful of other works in a volume about music.
Directly, these ledgers had nothing to do with what I wrote about, but because my intellect was prepared to see contexts, I found them in the most extraordinary places. Can' tell you how many traces I found from accidental Wikipedia quotes. It is one of my precepts as a readership to write a textbook that is referred to or quoted in every textbook I work with.
Not only does it solve the next reading issue, it also takes you on a trip to the warren. To me, when I'm researching, the empty symbol of an out-of-print Amazon eBook is an indication not only that I've found something that probably wasn't overstretched by others, but something I can shape for my own use ( (plus they only costs $.01!).
There is a figure in Murakami's Norwegian Forest who would not be reading a book if the writer hadn't been gone for 30 years. Of Clausewitz once said that army history experts like to quote Greek and Latin historiography because, as the oldest and most arcane, it is the most easy to tamper with. During research for an essay I had written for Tim Ferriss' diary, I found a device by the renowned essays writer and experimentalist Montaigne.
You are as wealthy as your data base. I have two books for me, each full of about 200 indexes. I only know that my last album ('almost 1,000 cards') came together this way. You may not be a novelist or blogshopper. We' re gonna have to look for her like a pro.
Through the elimination of sound we dramatically decrease the amount of work. Let's find the useful teachings and the vivacious and gallant speeches that can be immediately put into practice - not far-fetched or ancient phrases or flamboyant metaphor and idioms - and let's study them so well that words become works.