I know I've said it before, but it was brought up again today. The great and prolific mystery writer, Patricia Cornwell, was interviewed this evening. She said she puts herself in the moment and believes that's why her stories are so believable.
I got a kick out of the extent that she goes to because she donated a 'crime room' to The National Forensics Academy. She spends time actually researching true cases to see if she can 'break' them. http://www.knoxnews.com/videos/detail/crime-novelist-patricia-cornwell-donates-22-millio/
So once again my dear friends, I strongly encourage you to research (not down to the tiniest minutiae) but pretty tiny, and then write away. I do the same thing with emotions, too. They can make or break a story.
I go to web sites for my 'hands-on' research. I can't afford trips here and there to avail myself of the knowledge I need 'NOW.' But it suffices. In fact, it works even better, I think, because I get a kick out of finding what I need and seeing it from all angles. (Love google maps world view).
Now - I think I might be finished with Chapter 40, but I want to go over it again for this draft. Ch. 41, as I've said, if half done as if Ch. 42.
My eyes are closing on me. Didn't sleep well last night. Gonna do some tightening/relaxing exercises tonight and hope it helps.
Life is nodding.