2015 A to Z Challenge: E is for EXPERTS

A-ZChallenge2015There is a limit to the amount of research an author can do for a novel. There will always be specialists who know more about the era and the place than you do.

So ask them. Find an expert who is willing to help by answering all your outstanding questions and hopefully providing information that you hadn’t even thought of asking about.


By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

8 replies on “2015 A to Z Challenge: E is for EXPERTS”

Finding people to talk to is important – you’re always going to have that really random question that Google can’t answer.

Just yesterday I asked my sister if she’d be able to see the river if she knelt up on her train seat on her old commute route – luckily she’s used to me 🙂

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Agreed! And most experts love the topic they’re an expert about and are willing to talk to whoever in order to make sure it’s portrayed appropriately.

This is very important. You can either do it by consulting the documentary sources or by contacting an expert directly. So far, I have only done the former, since I have a pathological fear of people feeling pestered by me. However, for my second novel, I am going to have to speak directly to someone I have identified as the expert, otherwise there will be too great a risk of making a mistake.

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