I love researching. I really do. I love learning new things and making my stories have a thread of realism in them.
Lately I've been researching military law, special response teams, and diners. Doesn't that sound fun to you?
I even like organizing it. Live interviews, articles, on-site stuff. I get all happy inside looking at my research because I know it makes my writing stronger and my story something my readers can get lost in. Although sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. I've had readers say that a certain event couldn't have happened in reality, not realizing that it was actually based on real events. I just want my stories to be as accurate as I can make them, so I do careful research to assure that it is.
The problem becomes when I get lost in the research. I could keep going with it forever. I can call it pre-writing, but really, once I have the details that I need, that's when I should stop. But it's hard!
It's a fine line between researching and procrastinating, and I'm still looking for the magic bullet that will tell me to stop. A thread of realism is what I need, nothing more than that. Then I can look forward to seeing how the thread will work in my story and the writer's rush I get when I see a well-written page.
But maybe I'll just look up one more thing . . .