Research. If you are doing anything that is based in any kind of reality whatsoever, do the research.
I did a lot of research this week, first in the archives of the Metropolitan Police Museum and then online newspapers.
Not only did I find facts I needed, I found facts I didn’t know existed. I found new stories, I found background information, I found proof of what I thought had happened and I found a whole pile of inspiration.
It’s okay to leave the research until after the first draft, if you’re in the zone and don’t want to stop, but do it before editing. You’ll discover so much
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