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FOR WRITERS: Too Much Research?

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FOR WRITERS

Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Janet Gershen-Siegel:

One of the perks of being a writer is getting to go down rabbit holes exploring interesting and often arcane things. What does that street in Stoke-on-Trent really look like at ground level? What did members of the Wampanoag tribe eat for snacks? What happens when you pee in zero gravity?

But research can also become a way for writers to do one of their other favorite things – procrastinate. Playing on the web can be much more fun than actually, you know, writing.

So how much research is too much? Do you have guidelines or tools to keep you on track and avoid the worst of the rabbit holes, even if that’s where the best plot bunnies live?

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