The phrase the devil is in the details refers to the specifics of a plan which, while seeming insignificant, may contain hidden problems that threaten its overall feasibility.
The necessity for specifics is obvious when writing works of non-fiction, but it is also an integral part of fiction, especially for world building.
What does this mean for writers? What does it all come down to?
The need for research, research, and more research.
On the whole, efforts spent researching are a good thing. The only negatives being its effect on time.
Researching, in itself, is a time consuming effort. Once decided upon it has the potential for, the almost inevitable, off-topic traveling. Research can, particularly for the less vigilant like myself, cause the researcher to veer from an intended destination.
This is a list of some of the topics I’ve researched: the Garuda, Esala Perahera, Holi, dragons, dryads, the green man, Herne, spotted eagle rays, sharks, NASCAR, Mushussu, gravitational ripples, Mexican spotted owls, and the list goes on.
All of them led to side trips down narrow alleys of previously unknown topics that, in some way, served the story or my curiosity.
To me, one of the most interesting things about research is coming across the unexpected. The discovery might cause me to revise or alter a premise, in order to make a situation or condition feasible, but that’s what so cool. I love incorporating something new into my overall understanding of the world and those in it. There’s always more to learn.
What have you researched? Where has it led you?
Please share,I’m curious.