When one hears the word research, it is not often connected to the word fun. It automatically conjures up the image of surrounding oneself with dusty tomes in a poorly lit room, away from distractions of the world outside. Or of scientists in remote castles wanting to play the role of God by re-animating a corpse. Or students groaning over an assignment that requires five legitimate sources that does not include Wikipedia.
Despite my own initial dismay at having to do the work needed, I actually enjoy the act of research. Whether it includes reading on topics I’m not familiar with (or have a passing knowledge of), I love learning. Even though my own writing is primarily fiction, I want to make sure that my facts are accurate. This is especially the case if I’m writing about a time period or area I did not live in. Or, if there’s a life experience that I do not have, I make sure to read and ask questions so that I have at the very least a basic understanding.
Research can be done in a variety of ways (reading, asking questions of people in relevant fields, or even learning a skill), so it doesn’t have to be viewed as a boring and burdensome task. If you approach it with the view that what you learn is as valuable as a 15th century gold doubloon (which it is), then once the initial dismay passes (which it will), then the ensuing action becomes a hunt for treasure (which knowledge always is).
What you turn up may surprise you in countless ways that you did not foresee.