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I like to write what interests me, but I'm realizing this often ties to things I WANT to know about, not necessarily what I do. Meaning, I have to research. A lot.
For example, the first completed polished novel I wrote was set in the early 1960s with the NASA space program as a backdrop. Also the civil rights movement. I read tons of stuff that interested me, tons more stuff that would never make it into the book but were necessary to get a feel and expertise for the timeframe, and then even more research about things I could care less about but needed to fact check (such as did automatic doors in grocery stores exist in 1963 (yes, but barely)).
In planning a new project, I'm making some intentional choices to write more of what I know, but I'm also finding, again, what interests me is going to require some major research, both in reading related books, to more technical, fact-driven stuff.
Do you ever hold off on a fiction project because the research seems overwhelming? Or you're afraid you might not get the facts right? Have you ever changed your story's direction to avoid misrepresenting facts or a genre known for specific expertise?
I'd love to hear from you!