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So, research...

I'm not the only one who obsessively checks facts about things that will only appear momentarily in a story just in case there is *ONE* person who might read it who might know and who might sit there and think, "Hmmm, she has no idea what she's talking about!", right?

I have spent too many hours researching ancient irrigation techniques and problems when, really? IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER BECAUSE IT'S JUST A CURSORY MENTION but IT HAS TO BE RIGHT BECAUSE REASONS!

*sigh*

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melagan
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
*raises hand* And then half the time I don't use it anyway. *sigh*
shaddyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
You understand my pain.

*smishes you*
danceswithgary
Mar. 6th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
OMG this!

I foolishly decided to write about Miko so obsessive Japanese research. aaaaargh I'm never going to finish.....
shaddyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
I GROK YOUR RESEARCH CHOICES!

And you know, if we were writing 300,000 words with backstory, it would probably come into play, but when you're aiming for 10K and trying to focus on the immediate plot...

But the researchy part of my brain doesn't care, it wants to know ALL THE THINGS. This is an affliction which you clearly share.
enigmaticblues
Mar. 6th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean like researching health insurance options for half-orphaned kids in California in 2000, and what social security benefits they might draw? Like that?
shaddyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, this exactly. I think writer brains are not like other brains.

Did I ever tell you about the time when I called a hotel that should have been fairly close to Angel's HQ to try and figure out if there were any parks and coffee shops within walking distance that he and Buffy might have gone for a stroll through and then stopped for coffee to chat?

fenchurche
Mar. 6th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Probably because it's the sort of thing that bugs you when you run across it in other people's writing... I've had that happen, where it's some minuscule thing that's mentioned once, but it's something I actually happen to know enough about to realize that the writer got it completely and totally wrong. And it will bug me for the rest of the story/book.
shaddyr
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:52 am (UTC)
Heh. Exactly - you are the kind of reader that I want to do this annoyingly time consuming, nit picky research for. Even if it does suck me down the rabbit hole for days...
sunnyd_lite
Mar. 7th, 2016 05:47 am (UTC)
YAY I have so found my people. (I may have researched tv shows on the air which characters might have watched in canon time period)
shaddyr
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
I might possibly know a thing or two about that sort of obsessive attention to details... and also, appreciate it.

It is the way of our people.
trepkos
Mar. 7th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
You are not the only one!
shaddyr
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
So I am learning!
rebcake
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
You are correct!

I actually like the research part of everything. Planning a trip? Research is the funnest part! Almost.

Even if the research wasn't fun, it is important that the writer know way more about the underpinnings of a story than the reader will ever notice. It shows, even if it doesn't show, you know?
shaddyr
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
Yes! This is truth!

I get lost in research - one of the dangers of the interwebz is being able to link jump and end up trapped in a morass of interesting and exciting new information that just leads to more question that require more research in the never ending quest to KNOW ALL THE THINGS...

But, knowledge for its own sake is a reward too.
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