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Fiction All Day

Redwoods

Do you hate research?  Are you okay with being ‘close enough’?  Does it really matter if you tell us what kind of trees we’re looking at?

Before you answer any of those questions, be sure to remember that small distinctions make a huge difference.

Being specific can separate bad from good from great writing.  Am I looking at a bunch of tall and large trees?  Or am I looking at a forest of towering redwoods?

Yeah, research sucks.  It’s homework, and who in the history of the world has ever liked homework?  Nobody.  But having the right information is important. If you’ve convinced yourself that getting a book 90% right is enough, that you can make up the rest and people won’t notice, you need to get that thought out of your head immediately.  Because it’s the details that often make the book.

Details are what lend authenticity to your story and make it…

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