“You’re talking about a species you created. You can just make it up…”
Britt said that to me the other day after I asked her a medical question. Other than to point out that my wife is much more sensible than I am, I’m telling you this because it made me wonder if I spend to much on potentially unnecessary details.
I’ve always tried to make the things in my writing as close to reality as possible. I think that adds something to drawing the reader in and suspending disbelief in the more fantastical elements. It might also be a reflection of some of my more OCD-ish traits.
But am I right to be doing so? After all, does anyone really care if I have the right time it would take to go from one place to another, or if I have the right number of bullets in a character’s gun? As much as I try to stay consistent, I’m fairly sure there are plenty of factual or logic errors still in there. Some have already been pointed out. Would it be more freeing for me just to say to hell with accuracy and write what I please?
I’m pretty sure I could drive myself daft(er) going back and forth on this one. If any of you have thoughts about this that you’d like to share, please feel free to comment….