“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.