A year ago, I started doing online courses through Coursera, and soon after that, Future Learn. I did so many in the first half of the year, I found myself burning out a bit. I then took a break. But I’ve started up again, and just finished my first one in a while. I have four coming up over the next six months.
But why I’m taking them you may ask. It’s really about two things: personal interest and research for writing. Let’s look at the courses I’m going to do and what I just finished.
What a Plant Knows is an interesting plant biology course that has given me insights into how a plant interacts with its environment. This course will help me with the development of plants on Ariadne.
Elements of Renewable Energy begins next week. I’m interested in this course because of both personal interest and research. On Ariadne, they will be seeking sources of renewable energy for electricity, and I think this will help give me an overview. It may or may not show me anything new, but I think it’ll be interesting.
World War I: Aviation Comes of Age begins next month. This is mainly personal interest, as I have an interest in aviation. However, it may help me a bit with the development of new types of aircraft on Ariadne.
The Emergence of the Modern Middle East begins in March. I’m interested in this course because it shows about the recent history of a very unstable region in the world. This will help me with researching about international relations, as well as development of regional politics and conflict. These themes will be important later on in Ariadne, as well as in any fantasy writing I do.
Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier begins in June. This will be interesting for future fantasy writing I do. History is a good thing to study if I want to write fantasy, as many elements of history can help me develop civilisations that are similar to ancient Earth civilisations.
Of course, this is only one way to do research. How do you prefer to do research for your writing? Please leave your comment below.