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acm323 from California September 18, 2018 - 12:43am

Hi guys!

I'm a fiction writer.  I don't know everything about the things I want to write about.  Specificly, things like: hospital procedures, police procedures, and legal procedures.

Those are big things and I want to get those details as accurate as possible.

I know there are some books for writers to research that sort of thing.

Have you guys bought any of those books?  What do you recommend? 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman September 20, 2018 - 6:51pm

I want to comment to bump this up, so I'll add my two:

If you already have the material and just want to check if it's all kosher, talking it over with someone in the relevant field is the way to go, in my opinion. Even better if you can get them to read it. 

I advise getting stuff on the page because waiting to have quite a lot of background knowledge can make the actual writing end up on the back burner of the back burner, and until you've written what you want, it's harder to know the right research questions to ask.

Also, Repo Kempt has written some really good columns on some of these topics:

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acm323 from California September 21, 2018 - 4:38pm

Thank you, Helpful Snowman!  Love the name!  LOL!

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal October 4, 2018 - 3:09pm

Google can probably get you 80% of the way there. That's enough to write a book and hand it to an expert who knows 100% of it, and can tell you where you went wrong.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day November 23, 2018 - 12:13pm

I'm writing a story partly set in a hospital. I've reached out to a couple of medical professionals via social media and they have been quite helpful. Just send them a message explaining what you need, and offer to compensate them for their time (many people will help for free, but it helps if you offer).