Today, it has taken me three hours to write two paragraphs. Not because Iâ€™m particularly slow at writing and, for once, not because Iâ€™ve allowed myself to wander all over the Internet pretending to be doing â€œresearchâ€ (apparently, Harry Potter quizzes are not research, who knew? Neither are quizzes discovering which vegetable represents youâ€¦ Weird).
The reason for this is because while you are setting a scene, every detail has to be as accurate as youâ€™re able to make it. Sometimes you have to use your imagination and fill in the gaps but if you can get real events into your world, it does give a more authentic ring to the story.
One of my characters needed to receive a package containing books. Each of which, for authenticity purposes, I felt should be named. Three hours, six reference books, two dissertations found online, numerous blogs, Wiki pages leading to other primary sources and a thorough search of the National Archives website and I had my three lines of text. It will flash past practically unnoticed but at least I know I gave making it authentic my best shot.
The angels are in the details and so are the plot twists!