‘Do your research last. Don’t waste your time, like a graduate student researching the cost of a seventeenth century haircut as necessary background to his thesis on Milton. How do you know what research you’ll need until you see what you’ve said?
I’ve known people to spend months doing the research and then found they couldn’t write the novel. This is fiction you’re writing. Make it up, and if it turns into a story, then ‘research’ the necessary facts.
Write it, then Google it.’
~ Eric Wright