As Sgt. Joe Friday admonished on Dragnet, “Just the facts, Ma’am…”
But where to stop?
I’ve researched different stuff for my book and I’m getting bogged down in the details.
Didn’t someone once say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff?” And some of this stuff is small. However, I don’t want a reader slamming me for a glaring mistake just because I didn’t do enough research.
Besides, I love research. I can get lost for hours hopping from website to website reading everything on a subject. And what do I end up with? Files, more files, notebooks and dozens of sticky notes of important information.
“Half a truth is often a great lie.” – Benjamin Franklin
Sometimes I get too technical, too filled with the mundane details forget the magic of writing.
What do you think?
Are you a researcher?
Or do you write and let the facts fall where they may?
Do you think different genres call for varying degrees of research?
As usual, I’ve left some interesting reading at the bottom. See? I just love research. LOL
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