The topic of research comes up often. Again and again, writers are advised to make sure the information in their books is accurate. Readers have no qualms about pointing out errors in both copy and in the story.
Some genres, such as historical romance, would need much extra research. Rene, from A Little Cheese With That Whine, says she finds it hard to find some material and wonders how strict readers and other writers are about historical accuracy.
Personally, I get lost in research. It’s another way to avoid writing. I’m just about finished the research and outline for Picture Perfect, and I must say that I had a lot of fun because I could do a lot of research. But, not unlike deciding when the book is finally finished and it’s time to mail it out, writers must decide at some point when they have researched enough. I’m there. Time to start writing. I know I still have bits and pieces of research left, information specific to certain scenes (like what a 1955 Buick looks like, what year bra burning was in fashion, etc., etc.). My question to you is, do you do ALL of your research in advance so you can write straight through? Or, do you do a little or all of your research as you go? Or, do you write the first draft and fill in the bits that need research during your first revision?