Is there such a thing as too much research?
And does it all have to be ‘nose-in-a-book’ style?
Personally, I’m really getting a kick out of researching characters and situations the old fashioned way. By putting myself in that place and seeing how it goes. Getting enraged, learning new skills, even getting totally snot-faced drunk and riding the bus. I like to call experts with random questions; like calling the butchers around town to see how many people a single cow would feed. Sometimes you get some strange looks and sometimes they think you’re a loony, but it’s a crap load of fun.
Okay, so maybe half of my ‘research’ is me just playing around, but you never know. It could come in handy. And, hey, research is tax-deductible.