The Devil’s In The Details II–Keep Research from Taking Over

“Resist the urge to explain. The second a reader picks up any book, reality is already suspended. All we have to do is to maintain the illusion. Facts, research, details, can enhance the illusion or shatter it.”

This will be my new mantra: “The world rewards finishers, not perfection.” We can finish a book, we cannot, however, make it perfect. …Some love details, others want us to move forward or slow down or turn right.”

So, if the goal is to get the protagonist up a tree and shoot at him, don’t stop to smell the roses along the way: cut to the chase and deliver the action. (Now I must sift all those cool facts about geology and rocks from my YA paranormal novel!)

via The Devil’s In The Details II–Keep Research from Taking Over.

About carolkean

novelist, reviewer, editor, book critic for Liberty Island and Perihelion Science Fiction; native prairie/guerilla gardener; champion of liberty, indie authors & underdogs; one of the top two reviewers in Editors &Preditors Poll 2015; Amazon Vine, NetGalley Top Reviewer
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