Research – Love It or Hate It

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.

I have a confession to make. When I first began writing fiction, I hated to do research. I didn’t want to bother with such mundane tasks. Once I even wrote a blog post titled “Research, A Necessary Evil.”

I’m not sure why I had such an aversion. I’ve always loved history and trivia. In general, I’m a curious person and there’s no telling what might pique my interest.

But with writing, I was like “Thanks, but no thanks.” Maybe I wanted to adhere to the adage, “Write what you know.” Needless to say, it didn’t take long for me to discover I knew very little.

The setting of my first novel was in a fictional Texas town during the horrible drought of 2011. I lived through that time. I experienced the better part of two months where the daytime temperatures reached triple digits…

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One thought on “Research – Love It or Hate It

  1. As a reader, factual errors definitely derail a fictional story for me. I’ll let that stand as a warning.
    As a writer, the details I dig up in research, even about things I already know, definitely add to the sensory richness of the text. They take me deeper into the imagination. So I’ll offer that as advice.

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