For a writer, there is no escaping the need for careful attention to detail–detail involving research. It doesn’t matter that our setting is imagined, our characters out-of-space aliens or even in-space aliens; if our story does not ring true, does not have elements of credibility anchored to shreds of reality, our tale will fail the audience.

Research can be fun for some of us history buffs, curiosity seekers, gossips, but it is intimidating hard work for the rest of us. Most writers fall somewhere between the three categories who find that research can be fun. Unfortunately, most of us are strapped for time making the need for systematic recording and organization of material a must.