Apologies on replying so late to this, but there was a while there where I got busy and wasn't reading my LJ much, and I apparently missed your post when it was made.
I'm currently writing a novel...have been for some years now, on and off, as life will allow. My "research" is hit-or-miss, I'm afraid, and on pretty much an as-needed basis. At some point in the revision process I will probably try to research more thoroughly, but I find that too much research gets in the way of writing. Maybe this means my novel will be ridiculous and unbelievable. So be it. Hopefully I'll have the wherewithal to fix it when the time comes. But right now, I think the most important thing is that I eventually /finish/ it. I've started several novels, gotten pretty far with a couple of them, but never finished. Right now, that's paramount...to just get the entire story arc down.
I need to research a lot of rather odd things...Germany, the Alps, Russian organized crime in Europe, Basque separatists, stuff about the IRA, and stuff about the music business and the recording history. Right now, I'm just writing on the strength of characterization and some common sense (and perhaps my knowledge of some common clichés) to see me through the entirety of the first draft.
Organize? Hahahahaha. I'm bad. Very bad. I don't organize, not really. I write whatever bits I feel like writing, and then I try to figure out where exactly they best fit and what else I need to write to fill in the blanks. I would rather write this way and write inspired scenes rather than forcing myself to write through to the places I want to go. My concept of the way certain plot points will occur changes, so I can't really chart my course anyway, and I certainly can't do it chronologically. I've already come up with things farther on in the story that have caused me to go back and revamp the foreshadowing in earlier parts to keep it consistent. It's not the most efficient way of operating, but the way I figure it, it's better than stymying the whole process.
I think it's really easy to get so caught up in the process and planning for writing that you end up with a whole all-dressed-up-and-no-place-to-go kind of scenario when you finally do get to the point of putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, as the case may be. I have to say one thing that brings to mind, and that is that I write a lot more prolifically now that I have mastered the art of actually coming up with stuff and being able to type it out while it's in process. For years I could only write the first draft with pen and paper, and then I would sit down and type it up from the handwritten manuscript.
But anyway, I don't know if this helps or not. By all means, if you are so inclined and haven't given up on this community due to the silence, feel free to post snippets or whatever you want comments on.