Research is so important!
I've found that getting something right really isn't as hard as we would at first believe; with the internet all the info you need is out there, you just have to go get it.
And laziness is no trait for an author to have!
But sometimes Research wants to run away on me.
I previously posted a bunch of links related to all the things you need to know when sailing the Seven Seas.
I put them here to share them with others, and also to keep them where I can find them when I need them next!
I keep many tales on the same stove, and when a scene Ruthlessly ATTACKS me, I can run right over to that tale and get it hammered down. It's the only way I know to make it let go of my brain!
Seriously, it's a problem.
(But not something I can't handle! )
So I let myself revel in all the seafaring things I needed to complete that particular scene,... then I ruthlessly shut the muchly inspiring websites down, (neatly saving the urls for the future.) I have to maintain control over what I feed my imagination.
And yes, I really enjoyed my stint in the sea air. I'm looking forward to returning to that scene and getting more shippy-ness done!
I had to drag myself away from my research to keep it from running off with my imagination... Getting too wrapped up in research for a "back burner" story can kill me for any other story. And that's no good!
Right now, I have to maintain a "mountain-y" atmosphere in order to complete my current "Focus Project".
How do you handle research? Do you have a problem with it galloping of in unproductive (or counter productive) directions?
We need to hear!