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Att fabulera genom research : hur fantastikförfattare söker information i sitt skönlitterära skrivande för barn och unga

Metso, Marie LU (2018) ABMM54 20181
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine how fiction authors seek information in their writing, which still is a vastly under-researched subject within Library and Information Science. Why then are there so few of us in this discipline who ask themselves which information behaviour and information needs that exist among the ones writing the literature filling our libraries? This study was carried out by using a qualitative method where six informants were interviewed in semi-structured and individual interviews, as well as in a group interview. To narrow down the selection of informants I have chosen to focus on five authors and one aspiring author who write for children and young adults, and who also write speculative fiction. The... (More)
The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine how fiction authors seek information in their writing, which still is a vastly under-researched subject within Library and Information Science. Why then are there so few of us in this discipline who ask themselves which information behaviour and information needs that exist among the ones writing the literature filling our libraries? This study was carried out by using a qualitative method where six informants were interviewed in semi-structured and individual interviews, as well as in a group interview. To narrow down the selection of informants I have chosen to focus on five authors and one aspiring author who write for children and young adults, and who also write speculative fiction. The results indicate that all of the informants use search strategies such as quick-and-dirty, berry-picking and pearl-growing. In this master’s thesis I have developed a theoretical model of when information-seeking is performed in the writing process, in which I have concentrated on the different methods of the authors and formed the following three categories: pre-construction where the information-seeking occurs before writing, back-and-forth where fiction writing and research alternate, and re-construction where the information-seeking takes place after a writing session. The interviewed authors use multiple sources such as literature or homepages, interviews and also visit locations. All informants use information channels such as the internet, and visit libraries more often than museums or archives. The more experienced authors interview both experts and professionals, while the new authors and the aspiring author don’t do this. When the authors still were aspiring authors they experienced barriers if they felt the need to consult experts or professionals. Barriers in the shape of lack of information, or information with insufficient credibility are easily overcome by fabling freely, since all of the informants write speculative fiction. Research when constructing fantastical elements is largely about looking at how other fiction authors have done in their novels, together with what exists in folklore and mythology. (Less)
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Metso, Marie LU
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To Fable through Research : How Authors of Speculative Fiction Seek Information When Writing for Children and Young Adults
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ABMM54 20181
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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informationssökning, research, informationssökningsbeteende, informationsbeteende, informationsinhämtning, informationsinsamling, författare, skönlitterära författare, författaraspiranter, litterärt skapande, kreativt skrivande, skönlitterärt skrivande, skrivande, skrivprocess, författarskap, författande, inspiration, fantastik, fantasy, science fiction, skräck, barn- och ungdomslitteratur, ungdomslitteratur, unga vuxna, ungdomsromaner, barnlitteratur, bilderböcker, lättläst, informationsbarriärer, the rhythm of writing, sökstrategier, snabbsökning, bärplockning, pärlodling, ABM, B&I, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, informationsvetenskap, information-seeking, information-seeking behaviour, information behaviour, information retrieval, information gathering, authors, novelists, writers, creative writing, writing fiction, fiction writing, writing, writing process, authorship, speculative fiction, horror, children’s and young adult literature, young adult fiction, young adult literature, children’s literature, children’s fiction, picture books, easy read, information barriers, search strategies, simple searching, quick-and-dirty, berry-picking, pearl-growing, ALM, LIS, Library and Information Science, Information Science
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Swedish
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8944295
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  title        = {Att fabulera genom research : hur fantastikförfattare söker information i sitt skönlitterära skrivande för barn och unga},
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