Writers are readers!
There are things in your imagination that sometimes need verification.
What do I mean?
That means that for all your imagination can fuel, if there are certain things which are based in reality—you’re going to need information.
The goal of any story is to have your reader keep reading! The ultimate test of any story is cohesion–even with fiction.
Research is the homework writers must do–have to do–for their writing careers. There is no way around it! The bulk of the work is and will remain powered by your imagination. Research is the rocket fuel to that. It is the foundation that allows your imagination to leapfrog or even recreate it as you see fit.
Consider research to be your stepping stone, or your rocket booster. However, I consider research my mental exercise. It gives me a starting and finishing point to anything I may do. It gives me parameters or borders to challenge.
Research can be annoying and cumbersome, but remember why you’re doing it. Your characters may need to know what you do. Or you may have to now how to rescue them from some predicament.
You’re building a world. Research helps it to all hold together. Do your homework. There are people waiting and depending on it.
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