WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Greetings to you! It has been a bit since my last post, though I hope you’ll excuse my absence—I was in Japan, and thus my mind was on all things Japanese! Japan is my heart country, and I would love the chance to live there for longer than a month at a time (both of my trips have been a month in length). Now that I am back on American time, I am excited to get back into my normal routine: writing! And writing a lot. =)

My significant other and I had a chance to hear Neil Gaiman (author of Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Sandman, et. al.) speak a few weeks ago, and when discussing Norse Mythology particularly, which is his own retelling of the Norse myths, he made an excellent point. To paraphrase, he said that it is a writer’s job to know just enough of a subject they are including in their book. Did he say you needed to be an expert in a subject? NO!

Here’s what he actually said:

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