Young Writers Society

Home » Forums » Resources » Ask an Expert

Research



User avatar
52 Reviews



Gender: Male
Points: 578
Reviews: 52
Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:00 am
View Likes
PollarBear14 says...



Ive had what I think is a great idea for a war story but the problem is for it to work I need a detailed knowledge of the military( which I don't have).
I had the idea to make the setting of the story a made up conflict because that way I could still make the story realistic but I would have the power to decide the details. What I would like to know is, would the story still be as good if I did create a inexistent conflict? I hope this hasn't been too confusing.
Thanks
  





User avatar
1107 Reviews



Gender: Other
Points: 93156
Reviews: 1107
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:38 pm
View Likes
Rosendorn says...



You could create your own world, which would require you to make a whole world and do all the associated research for that, or you could research military knowledge. If you're looking to do less work overall, doing simple military research is probably better.

However, if you want to have complete control over everything, in order to tailor the story to exactly what you want, it's often better to make up a world and do so. Although you then have to figure out a lot more, it can be a lot more rewarding.

Hope this helps.

~Rosey
Formerly Rosey Unicorn

A writer is a world trapped in a person— Victor Hugo

Ink is blood. Paper is bandages. The wounded press books to their heart to know they're not alone.

#TNT
  








Don't gobblefunk around with words.
— Roald Dahl