10-second review: Using facts and research in stories.
Quote: “Then when you have all the information you need, use it sparingly, keeping in mind that while readers like stories to have authentic flavor, they don’t like to feel that they’re being educated. Facts for facts’ sake will only irritate the reader, but if your realistic details serve to advance the story instead of attempting to stand on their own isolated merit, your [stories] will ring true and add immeasurably to its salability.”
Comment: I’ve noted that many popular novels provide information on a variety of professions. The statement in this quote that stands out for me is “…while readers like stories to have authentic flavor, they don’t like to feel that they’re being educated.” The “facts” have to advance the story. A reminder. RayS.
Title: “Research in Reverse.” Richard Deming. March 1956. In The Writer’s Guide to Good Writing, Ed. T Clark, et al., 1994, pp. 128-133.