Do you research before writing certain topics?

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I feel like this is a very important skill to have for all writers. I've read stories where things like autism or mental health were so badly done that it made me cringe. Like, omg... not even just those topics alone even. Just the fact that some writers don't really understand the value of researching.

Which is why I'm asking you... do you research before writing certain topics? How do you usually do your research? Is there anything you usually do to make sure that you have the right details?

I always try to do mine, even if I'm writing about autism... seeing how I do all the time. I do have some common knowledge based on my own experiences, mind you. Not saying I'm an expert because I'm not. I still research it just to make sure I'm doing it right. ATM, I'm writing about a character who is Schizophrenic, and I've been trying to find some stuff that works for her. I get a lot of knowledge from things like articles and movies as well. It just depends on how well thought out and experienced the topic is for those things too.

Sorry about talking about the whole autism thing y'all. I'm just making a point. ;o;

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When I have to go into a topic I don't know a thing about I research and I try to do it as best as possible, looking up the same topic in like 4 different sources and even try talking with people I know have some experience with said topic. But since I don't like researching, I try to stick with things I'm familiar with, where I need little to no research.
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As much as I like learning, I don't like research overly much. That being said, I will research things as I need to to make sure I have a level of understanding enough to write about it with confidence. I'm not going to deep dive into molecular biology or whatever though unless I absolutely have to. It's interesting to hear about, it's less interesting to spend two and a half hours reading dry scholarly articles for a three lines of dialogue.

Some research example, for one of the comics I'm working on I needed to find out how arson investigation works in the US. So I talked to Alby about it since she's American and then followed up by reading a few websites on the matter. For something else, I researched the interior of elevator shafts so I could portray them accurately by watching videos and reading an article. For my Unific RP, I did a Wikipedia dive on Costa Rica and its cities since the region is based off there.
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Ohhhh I'm constantly researching every little thing! It's so highly unnecessary considering what I tend to write, which is anime-ish Pokémon stuff. But there's a lot to know! Was figuring out how neurotoxins work last week! Few months ago was CAVE FACTS. Before that- vegetables native to mountainous Japan? What are the semi-arched openings in walls called? What time in the evening does the sun do that horrible blinding glare? Fish recipes, physical responses to anxiety, mushroom facts, outdoor equipment, traditional style of Japanese farmsteads, injury recovery timelines, saddle styles, names of a variety of disciplines, a million and a half definitions. I try to find at least two reputable sources for each thing, too. All for an anime-style Pokémon roleplay lmao.

uh basically what i'm sayin' is: research? I go hard.
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When I have to go into a topic I don't know a thing about I research and I try to do it as best as possible, looking up the same topic in like 4 different sources and even try talking with people I know have some experience with said topic. But since I don't like researching, I try to stick with things I'm familiar with, where I need little to no research.
I try do that too... but there are also times when I try to mix things up. So, I feel like research is something very important when I do.

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I once had to research how addresses worked in the States, and what that place in the prison where inmates can talk to visitors is called. I research pretty much anything I'm not too sure about, but I'd rather not have to research something if an entire work of mine revolves around it.

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It depends on the story, but I try to do at least some research. I remember for one of my chaptered stories I researched Italy quite a bit and several castles/caves. For Foul Play I did a some research on Hawaii culture and names, but not too extensive and mostly just went with what the game provided.

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Do you research...?
No. *shifty looks*

Okay most of the time I do some research. One or two layers of information past the "just google it" where possible. I guess it mostly depends on the subject - the longer it's going to be on screen, such as my Nidos, they need to have more things set in stone so there goes rabbit locomotion, some research on toxicology and of course the evolution and semiotics of romance symbols. Other things such as structural engineering ("Built for Risk") and kinesiology of combat ("Beyond Today") need a few passes too before they go onto paper.

I'm not going to deep dive into molecular biology or whatever though unless I absolutely have to.
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Was figuring out how neurotoxins work last week! Few months ago was CAVE FACTS. Before that- vegetables native to mountainous Japan? What are the semi-arched openings in walls called? What time in the evening does the sun do that horrible blinding glare? Fish recipes, physical responses to anxiety, mushroom facts, outdoor equipment, traditional style of Japanese farmsteads, injury recovery timelines, saddle styles, names of a variety of disciplines,
Oh damn I could have helped with some of those! I wish I had known about this before, sorry in advance. But hey I hope you got what you needed! (And perhaps you can actually help me one of these days with saddle styles)
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do you research before writing certain topics?
Well, research for me tends to be once I've set my mind on something about the plot or direction and would then delve into looking into it. While I do some research for Shattered Crests, I'm not at a part that requires more extensive digging up as opposed to simply checking on some things or asking a friend how German or Latin works.


How do you usually do your research?
I try to look up things or look for people that have better sources, and overall get more familiar with the topic.
For example, for a project of mine I'm planning out, I've versed myself into how swordfights and armor were back in the medieval ages and other interesting takes of weapons from various experts and stuff. When it comes to naming, I also consult stuff from sources and see if I can come up with a more "in the time" place, (Example, using 'Eduuard' instead of 'Edward')

Is there anything you usually do to make sure that you have the right details?
Just check. Stuff like Mental health and cultural views that I would have to grasp hasn't been something I've gotten to as of yet. I can, however, probably practice it with some cultural stuff I'll have in Shattered Crests and to a lesser extent PMD the series (Which I will one day get back to an actually improve)


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Well if I could put my tin foil hat on for a second, I would deem that from what I've read online is that plenty of people have a knack for sweets. Now, theoretically, if someone were to offer said sweets online, normally one wouldn't be bribed by such a request due to the sweets either having very little means to reach the person or if it's money for sweets, would require said person to go out and get it themselves or not be able to do to brand or location. However, what if Troy utilized Amazon foods to deliver said sweets so that in exchange you would start this topic of conversation while also eluding a means of "why have you gotten me to do this?" to throw off the scent to the fact that you are...
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an alien from Jupiter that loves sweets and just so happens to like Pokemon.

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I think it is important to do your research and ensure that you don't misrepresent anything related to the real world that you bring up. I'm not just talking locations and politics, but also such things as racial or identity based stereotypes. If you write for an audience, you kind of owe it to your readers.

A bad example of this is JK Rowling. She did immense research on the nerdy details and lore that interested her, and left morally questionable things highly stereotyped/generalized/ignored. Know what you're writing about or don't write about it, I guess. (Or write for your own enjoyment and don't publish)

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Most of the time the topics I’ve written about are things I’ve experienced personally, so I usually don’t feel the need to do research. For fan fictions and stuff, at the very least. A lot of the fan fics I’ve written about were topics I’ve experienced personally. Or the topics I were writing about sometimes didn’t require any research as they did not delve into any super heavy topics.

However, whenever I was in school and I had to write papers obviously I’d do research beforehand to make sure what I was writing was accurate.
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My opinion is that if you want to write QUALITATIVELY, then research is REQUIRED because you need to know the various details that are very important.
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Yes, researching is crucial. I usually first go to Wikipedia to gather the basics, then read a lot of general articles on the topic. Only after that will I read scholarly material because by now I would've decided which specific direction I'm going with the topic/idea. Then, I binge on everything I can find on Youtube, social media, particularly any documentaries (if that's relevant). After that, I start reading recommended books on the topic. I've only sought people to talk to once, when I wanted to know more about the day-to-day working life of a beat patrol COP.