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Research Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)19:19 UTC+1 No.5057457 Report

How do you go about doing proper research for a novel that requires technical knowledge of certain areas?

I have a great idea for an espionage novel but I know nothing about that world and I need specific understanding of computers, code breaking, hardware etc that is integral to the plot
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:36 UTC+1 No.5057756 Report

>>5057457
don't write it. it will be awful.
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:38 UTC+1 No.5057763 Report

ask william gibson
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:39 UTC+1 No.5057765 Report

write what you know.
>knows nothing.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)04:03 UTC+1 No.5059609 Report

>>5057457
maybe you should think on focus the plot on characters, not on specific technical detail which in any case will be extremely boring, even for those who knows about it, not to mention regular people.

Of course you'll need some knowledge about what are you writing, just take your time and use google and wikipedia, that would be enough i guess.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)04:04 UTC+1 No.5059611 Report

>>5057756
This.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)04:04 UTC+1 No.5059612 Report

>>5059609
Cryptonomicon was popular.
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le trole faec ?_? 06/26/14(Thu)04:06 UTC+1 No.5059614 Report

>>5057457
Maybe you buy textbooks on the area and read thoroughly so that you understand the concepts
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)04:11 UTC+1 No.5059625 Report

Don't write and then fill in with knowledge as you go. Either write about stuff you already know or study thoroughly and truly learn the subject. Pynchon couldn't have made Gravitys Rainbow if he were a history major and DFW couldn't have made Broom of the System and Infinite Jest without growing up in a house of philosophy profs. Unless having poorly integrated facts is like part of the joke in some surreal Tarantinoesque way.
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