Alex J. Cavanaugh:
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You ever start writing about something and you're not sure if what you're putting on the paper is factual or not.
So, you open up a search page and start doing 'research' only to end up hours later neck deep in .pdf documents and YouTube how-to videos?
So, its just me?
I do this all the time. I'm writing about something cool like the police department or baking a seven layer wedding cake or driving a car and suddenly I have no idea what I'm talking about.
I figure I'll just go for a quick research stroll and find myself drowning in a sea of mis-information and archives on the history of gnomes without beards.
What have I gotten myself into?
I'm in over my head. If I don't know what I'm even talking about how are my readers supposed to believe a word that I say?
And now, I've lost my mojo. I can't write a freakin' thing cause I think I'm full of it and I know everyone else will think that too.
My point is, we should just write on.
We can always get the information we need when we're done. So many times I've freaked myself out for no reason. I should just mark the manuscript where I need more facts and just keep writing.
There will be plenty of time to 'fix' the questionable parts later.
I've also found that reaching out to other humans, in the fields that I'm interested in writing about, has been a positive experience. People like to talk about what they do. Mention that you're writing a book and they get even more interested.
Don't let facts get in your way.