|Some Research is|
Better Done in Person
I slam into that wall, otherwise known as research, quite often. Hey, let's have the heroine move to Ireland, and then to the world of the fairies! Okay, what's it like in these places? How do people dress, eat, speak? You get the idea. The writer/driver has to stop every so often and pull out the research/road map or the World Wide Web/GPS.
Don't get me wrong, I love doing research. Reading about new places and customs, folklore and mythology, recipes and proverbs is inspiring. More often than not, research solves that other problem of running out of ideas/gas. To me, it's a necessary stumbling block for any writer who wants to get the facts straight, even if only to change them to build his or her own world. With any luck, the driver/writer will reach the end of the journey sighing with relief, tale finished, new trails blazed, and vehicle/book ready to take on passengers/readers ready to share the adventure.