This week's topic is Research.
Now, most of us are writing fiction. Some might ask who needs to do research when you're writing fiction? Duh, we do!
My book, THE SWEET SPOT, currently on query to agents, is about a teenage girl who plays golf. Because I played golf as a teenager, the research has been fairly light in that I know the basic terminology, the game itself, and the environment of the golf course. But, I've still needed to look up rules, the current state of junior golf, and some details about course management. I'm fortunate in that my parents managed a golf course in the 1980s and I have resident experts just a phone call away. But that's research! Depending on the topic, you might have to converse with an expert, read a similar book to yours, or do traditional information based research.
On the other hand, if you're doing real, honest-to-goodness, it-has-to-be-100%-accurate research for a non-fiction project, you should stick to primary resources and steer clear of websites that rely on public input like Wikipedia. You can find primary resources online (I used the NASA site a lot when I wrote my last work-for-hire title about space), but just be careful and make sure they're legit.
My new WIP might or might not have a revolutionary era ghost-type character. Or it might be an astral projection of an out-of-body love interest. I might need to do a bit more research for this one. :)
What kind of research do you need to do on your WIP?