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"Sometimes the best way to generate new ideas is to go out and learn something." -Bill Watterson
In "The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book", Watterson closes a piece about the dinosaurs in the strip with the quote in the topic title.

I'd just like to say that I think that's good advice. I've gotten plenty of story ideas for, say, "Ecco the Dolphin" just by poking around and learning weird facts about cetaceans and ocean life in general.
helluin A lesson for all obsessive compulsives! :)

Then again, did I really have to go and study Sindarin Elvish in order to write a LOTR novella?

Oh well, three years later, novella not finished, but I've learned a lot. Three cheers for research.

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