|Photo by: Lance Cpl. Sarah M. Hickey |
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I almost dismissed it, as I was just doing a line edit, not a content edit. My back needed a break from being bent over the pages working my little red pen, so I opened up the laptop.
Yes, it was an excuse to go online, which always leads to another round of Pet Rescue on Facebook, but it turned out to be an important move.
I typed "Purple Heart Foundation" in Google. Apparently, that organization exists. I thought I had researched everything; cities, people's names, and organizations, but I did not remember that I let my mind run free whilst writing. That usually allows the characters to do what they want and lets the story flow better.
Had I known the mysterious girl with the burnt hand would spout off about some organization I didn't know actually existed, I probably would have reined her crazy ass in a little bit more.
So, to save myself from any future issues, I changed it to the 'Purple Heart Association' because that doesn't exist.
I also played my five rounds of Pet Rescue when I was done. ;)
My advice, fellow writers and those who stopped by, is do research on everything in your novel. Look up anything that could be real and ensure you're allowed to use that information in your book. You never know, you might write a best or moderate seller and get into trouble. Ask permission to use a name if you feel the need to use it, such as Meadowlands Race Track in New Jersey. Oops, still need to write them. :)
Remember, be creative.