So one of the things I find really fun about starting a new story (and prepping for a Smash Fiction podcast @SmashFicPodcast) is research. I guess at heart I'm really a nerd because learning interesting stuff about fictional things amuses me to no end. For instance, during my writing of The Paladin, I learned about five different forms of what could be called werewolves. I know that one of the Catholic popes wrote a grimoire that detailed the armies of hell. I know that wild roses laid atop a vampire's coffin will keep them from rising up. I know that a group of rats melded together at the tail is called a Rat King. All information that I found insanely interesting.
I suppose my problem is trying to figure out what information is pertinent and should be in the story versus what information is just fun. Especially with a word count like mine, I have to be careful about what I decide to include. So I do need to research historical events, like when Vatican II took place, but I don't necessarily need mention to the audience that you can escape a certain Japanese ghost by telling her that she's average looking. That's kinda my problem. When I write, everything seems important. Fortunately, through good betas, I'm getting feedback on what aspects of the book can be cut without it affecting the overall plot.
So while it's sad that I may have to remove informational scenes about how upside down crosses are actually the symbol of St. Peter and not demonic, it's more important to keep the story flowing.
Until tomorrow, don't forget to be awesome!
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Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.