Saturday, February 1, 2014
Research is Important
They should also admit to themselves when they don't know something. I really hate it when authors don't research a topic and get fundamental details wrong on something.
I know a lot about firearms. When I read a scene that includes the "The Glocks safety makes a loud click behind his head." I scream at the book, "Glocks don't have safeties.!" It breaks the moment.
Knowing this, it makes it easier to admit I don't know everything.
My book has a character trying to survive in a ruin that now has shelter but does not really know how to cook anything but simple things. Along comes another character that recognizes and knows how to use a wood fired oven, a cauldron, and fireplace hardware specifically designed for primitive cooking. I had to research these topics.
--Even baking bread is far more complex than I ever knew.