Being willing to be wrong: On Research

Staying with the research theme, one of the main lessons I’ve learned recently about research is to be willing to be wrong. To be willing to have my preconceptions shattered, to be open for information and experiences that do not fit into what I had planned. The other realisation I have had is that the more in-depth research I do, the more I become aware that I do not know ‘the truth’. That perhaps the message or messages I had hoped my novel might explore, no matter how subtle, are perhaps quite limited, that in fact there are many sides to a story. So, is it possible for me to step back, to see with clearer eyes, to not take ’sides’ but to lay out for my readers a series of events and characters in such a way that they can also see the larger picture rather than look for the heroes or the villains?

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