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    What was the last thing you had to look up real quick?

    Discussion in 'Research' started by hyacinthe, Aug 14, 2019.

    Nobody manages to research every single thing they need to know for their story in advance.

    So what was the last thing you had to look up while you were in the middle of writing?

    for me it was a ballpark figure for the average number of people in a riding (that's an electoral district, if you are not Canadian.)
     
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    Some of us don't do any research for fiction in advance and do it all as we go, alternating writing and research days.

    Last thing I looked up really quick: a 1980 menu from a specific restaurant in my character's neighborhood to see what appetizers the characters would have ordered.
     
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    Most of the stuff I research mid story is mostly fact checking things I mostly know, but would rather not be wrong about in print. Like the full names of public figures, and scientific formulas that I know the concept of , but can't express in mathematical terms on my own. Is the fantasy name for monkshood wolfs bane of belladonna? I'm pretty sure it's wolfs bane, but second or third draft is when I make sure I'm right.
     
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    This.





    The problem is that I have listened it twice and I still feel like I not getting some of the most important stuff.

    I feel myself stupid.
     
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    I seldom laugh out loud but this was one of the times, so you owe me a mouthful of single malt. ;)
     
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    before that, it was very important that I know what Captain Picard called Riker when they were alone.
     
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    How big a Lorenz Water Wheel could be ... I never found an answer, but I assume size wouldn’t really matter. I was thinking of a water wheels from 200m to 500m high.
     

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