Research Makes Strange Bedfellows: IWSG Follow-Up

Hey there.

Hope everyone is doing well. With NaNo in full swing, as well as the holidays, it’s important that we take care of ourselves. I’ve heard recently some of my friends are feeling under the weather. Don’t forget your health is important, too.

Now that the PSA is out of the way, time to get to business.

Every once in a while, I’ll get so much commentary on a post that I feel it’s worth following up on. This month’s IWSG post is such a case. I wrote about research for a short story. I hate to admit this, but I deleted that story. I recently purged my computer of stories I didn’t feel were worth following up on or felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with them. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have. I’ve heard it said that writers shouldn’t throw away their stories, regardless of progress. I assumed it wasn’t good because the genre was new to me. I hadn’t tried a sci-fi short story and I believed I wasn’t “following the rules.” After reading the comments, however, it was worth keeping. I just needed to do more research.

I touched on this subject in previous posts. I don’t write stories outside of Contemporary Fiction because I’m not familiar with the rules. So many times, however, writers told me there are no “rules,” only guidelines. It’s difficult to shake that mentality. It’s scary to share a story to someone who knows more on the genre. However, these things cannot be a deterrent from trying to write these stories. If I really want a challenge and be a better writer, then I will write the stories.

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