The Facts of Writing

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
H. G. Wells

I like this quote mainly because I feel that writers have a tendency to create a work of fiction, but they do not take the time to properly research the bones of their work. Fiction may allow us to create beyond our wildest dreams, but unless some of what we create is founded in fact we risk losing our audience because of our unbelievably. Granted, something like a science fiction or fantasy novel doesn’t need to follow this advice as strictly readers still need something familiar that they can build their foundation from. I have found that setting a story in either modern or historical times calls for an abundance of research, but either of these settings forces a somewhat different type of research. History must be backed up with hard core facts and the proper use of terminology. Stories set in the modern period must also be researched thoroughly because readers have the ability to know almost instantly if our claims are real or fake. H.G. Wells brings up a good point simply because the success of writing is heavily influenced by fact. At least that’s how I see it.

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