Most if not all the time, doing research for a specific writing project is required, whether you research a historic period you place your narrative in or you need to look up certain psychological aspect or body language for some of your characters, it is very common to have research to do when you are a writer.
Your research often happens prior to the actual writing, but it can also be required later on during the writing process, when you realize you need it, especially if you have pantser’s habits. It is all right to do research at several points of your writing process. Making sure you do it is what matters most.
In the case of nonfiction, it is more likely that you will do the largest part of your research prior to begin writing, especially in the case of analyze and critical studies of any kind. This helps you build your structure and direct your writing. Of course, just like with fiction, you may find yourself do more research as new questions emerge as you progress in your manuscript.
What about you?
- Do you make sure you do needed research?
- Do you remain open for need of it later during your writing process?
- How do you keep your research organized?