So there’s nothing like a new story idea to help you realized just how little you really know.
After reading ‘The Aeronaut’s Windlass,’ the latest book from Jim Butcher, I find my imaginations wandering seaward. I kind of want to write a couple of scenes that take place on a boat, but by god to I not know a damned thing about boats! I mean, nothing!
On the upside, thanks to the advent of the internet, all of the information I could possibly need is available to me, if I’m willing to do a little bit of digging, but the truth is, I don’t even know exactly which questions I should be asking.
I think that’s why so many writers try to build up a collection of people they can call and ask questions too. People can tell you the things that you won’t find in a book, or on a webpage, and they can catch you if they find you asking the wrong question.
Still, I look forward to the day when I can flip a switch and bring up diagrams and a list of terms to appear on each of my walls while I work. Endless streams of knowledge….
Oh well, I’d better get back to my scene. It’s absurd, I’m sure, and anybody who has spent more than a day at sea will probably pronounce it drivel, but hey, you gotta start somewhere.