The Problem With Research or Why My Head Hurts

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 

 — J.R.R. Tolkien

The problem with research, for me, is that I want to get it right. This makes my head hurt. I look at the books that have been written, and I question the facts. Are these right? There is so much information that is opinionated. How do I make sure I cut through the opinions and get to the bones of the facts? When I go into the field to do my own research, I have to make sure that I don’t resort to flowery speech to embellish. And, I am worried that my words, my take on the facts won’t be strong enough to tell the story.

But, I am going to tell the story. I think it is worth researching and worth doing it right. I am going to get the information, tear away the fluff, and polish the words so that the story comes through.

Scared? Absolutely, but writing scared is still writing.

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The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. ------ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, 1950
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