Hello again everyone! Let me preface this by pointing out that I haven't actually started drafting yet, so perhaps it will come out in the wash, but... I feel I'm getting bogged down in some setting details. Not entirely the 'world-building' thing fantasy authors in particular get sucked into (I'm not inventing a whole elvish language or anything), but maybe I'm trying to make things more logical/realistic/fleshed out than the audience will actually notice/care about/understand. How does one go about 'glossing over the details' when writing? Is it as simple as 'just don't include them'? Are there any other tricks you, my esteemed colleagues (if I may be so bold), use? And how do you decide what to include and what to gloss over? Does the evil monocrat's rise to power matter if the story only concerns the rebellion that begins long after he's attained the throne (just a hypothetical)? In context, I've hit a roadblock in planning: I want to explain something, will need quite a lot of research to figure it out (which I don't really have time for), and question whether it's even necessary. I feel as if I don't explain it, the reader will instantly think 'How would this ever come to be?' (even if it doesn't actually matter in terms of the plot). I'm probably just baiting the usual 'it depends on your story' response, but I'm more interested in generalities or your own examples. I think the problem I'm having is mostly psychological... I think my non-creative pursuits have made me such a reductionist I have trouble resisting the temptation to delve into finer detail (I'm not even sure how to resist it). Thanks in advance!