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I write High Fantasy. I still have to do research. Even the most bizarre fantasy has some hooks in a common reality; otherwise, readers couldn't engage with the story and wouldn't be able to relate to the characters. In Larcout, my upcoming release, here's a short list of things I had to research:
- Armor (my editor and I went round about bevor vs gorget being the more recognizable piece).
- Rocks and their formations
- Proper address for royalty and its variances across Courts
- Whether it's "Courts" or "courts"
- Effects of Poisons
- Regional and Ethnic Names
Some of that research made it into the book. Less of the research made it past the many, many edits. Lots and lots of that research never hit the page.
RESEARCH IS FUN...AND DISTRACTING.
The danger of research is getting lost in it, losing too much precious time to it, and exploring one too many rabbit holes. It's still necessary. I'll be bold enough to state that it is necessary regardless of genre.
I've a bookmark folder titled "references." Here are five randomly chosen sources, should they be of use:
- The SCA: Research and Resource Links: http://www.sca.org/links/misc.html
- Welsh-English Dictionary: http://www.geiriadur.net/
- The 26 Stages of Death: http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Death/Stages.html
- 10 Things Writers Don't Know About The Woods: http://dankoboldt.com/things-writers-know-woods/
- The International Colored Gemstone Association: http://gemstone.org/