When I write, I give myself as much creative freedom, but I also make sure to research to make sure the facts. I want the information I use to be correct, the physics are possible, and emotional/physical damages are consistent.
Sometimes I write about life experiences that I might no have experienced myself, so I want to make sure that if someone did go through it, and they watched the film, they won’t say… “that’s a load of bull.”
When I wrote my first fantasy script, I was creating a folklore based on several fairy lores. I combined them together and figured out a lore I could base my story on. I had to also study language in order to make my world believable. As an added bonus, I even tried to learn how to speak it, but that was proven to be difficult… (FYI Gaelic is the hardest language ever).
This process can seem gruesome and arduous, but it’s really fun to dig deep and establish the bare bones of my story. To know the whats, wheres, and hows of the world I was creating made writing the story exhilarating. I have notebooks filled with the details and facts I found during my research and always bookmarked every pages in case I needed to reference them again. To take the next step further would be to go to my library and find the information through books from there as well.
Research is also a great way to get to know your characters and the world you’re creating more. It’s almost as if you were writing a forensic evidence file on your story. When you put all the pieces together, you have a completed puzzle.
Don’t skimp out on the research. How many times have you watched a movie/show and/or read a book on a topic you’re deeply devoted on and say, “that’s not right” or “that wouldn’t have happened”? If it’s minimal, then that means the writer/author did their job, or hired someone to do that job for them. If it’s a lot, then you need to reevaluate your choices in film and books *wink*.
Thanks for reading!
What is your take on research? What has helped you in the past?