The Little Things Can Make You Crazy

Granted you don’t want any glaringly obvious real world errors to blast readers out of the fictional world you’ve written, but how exact do you have to be?

If your story is set in the ’60s then your characters don’t have smart phones. Simple, right?

Yesterday, I found myself hitting Google every other minute to check trivia like what year a certain cell phone model was released and what phone apps were available on that model. I got almost no actual writing done at all because I was entrenched in the minute details of “when”.

Really, is anyone going to read a book and think, “Oh, that movie came out in 2007 so there is no way those characters are watching that TV show, it only started in 2010.”

I sincerely hope not, because these details are killing me 🙂

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10 thoughts on “The Little Things Can Make You Crazy

  1. I hate to tell you this Aimer, but there is TV programme here in the UK called “Great Movie Mistakes” and they look and highlight all the errors viewers have found when watching movies.

    I’m not saying there will ever be a programme like that for books, but there are people out there who like nothing better than pointing out mistakes. We’re all human so we all make mistakes, but I wouldn’t worry about it. Just write and enjoy it.


  2. Write a novel with an extremely unreliable narrator – that way the narrator can say what he/she likes. A know-all narrator might be wrong but is always in the right. Do this until you’ve recovered from having to check everything. Most “post-modern” novels have unreliable narrators.

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  3. It could become a bit of a cultish novel if you intentionally include minor inaccuracies … then your reader’s will become intent of finding the little devilish “writer intended” inaccuracies! 🙂

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