his blog. On the first Wednesday of every month, we writers who are insecure about ourselves one way or another talk about what makes us insecure. The purpose of this blog hop is to encourage and help writers move past these insecurities and write the stories we were meant to write.
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This Month's Insecurity: Did I do enough research?
I've found while writing Mermaid Tears, I've done enough research on mermaids, pirates, how ships out at sea work as well as other significant things. But then I come across something in my story that makes me freeze and it makes me start to think that maybe I should have looked into the moon's phases more as I lightly touched earlier.
And yet I realize that I'm writing a fantasy - I can practically do whatever I want with my world, story, characters. On one hand, this does give me a little bit of freedom to explore the world, especially through Misora's eyes. Remember; Misora had never been outside the prison walls all her life - everything she sees other than the Ruby Heart crew is completely brand new to her as well!
Then it seems the story included itself with not just humans and mermaids, but lizard people, Dwarves, and Elves and even the casual mention to Orcs! And maybe even more peoples and races I've yet to even start writing about!
Is there no end to research? Thankfully, it's not that bad since it's something that I, not only have to research for my story, but for fun. Maybe it's mindless trivia for some people but I feel like since I'm a writer - I have to know how everything works. Thus the research never ends.
And that scares me. I don't want to seem like a know-it-all and I don't want to just throw in random tidbits in my story just for the sake of "look at me, I've clearly done my research". What do I do? How do I know when it's enough research?
Even though it's a fantasy setting, how much research is too much?