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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is the last in a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. (Links to previous articles at bottom of post.) A swift summary of what I have learned from Research The main thing I have learned about research is that I have no self-discipline. I have the attention span of a kitten in a feather factory, I am easily diverted, and I take really bad notes. But I have also found that research is useful.  Any writer of fiction has to understand that research is not confined to the...

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. I hope that you can use them as a starting point for your own writing journey. When to Walk Away from Research When it comes to too much research, I am a bad example. I go down all the rabbit holes. I research obscure things that make no sense. There is such a thing as too much research and I am a living example of it. If you are writing fiction, the most important thing is the story. You want...

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. I hope that you can use them as a starting point for your own writing journey. Writing Historical Fiction and Alternate Historical Fiction and Research If you are writing historical fiction set in a real world setting, then you should know a lot about research. Historical fiction attracts people who love that historical period and who will, as part of that love, know a lot about that time. If you make a mistake, most readers won’t know enough to pick...

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Research isn’t necessarily all libraries and locations. These days, the internet gives us so much information, so there are a lot of ways to find out about the setting for your novel. It should take a small fraction of your writing time to cover the basics, avoid glaring errors, and add wonderful tone and texture to the background of your story.

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. I hope that you can use them as a starting point for your own writing journey. Why Should You Research When Writing Fiction? The main reason you should research when you write is so that you don’t look like a complete doofus. Every writer makes mistakes as they write–no exceptions. Editors should pick up if you have two full moons twelve days apart, or leave a room before you ever walk into it, or have a character change eye colour...

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