Most writers will agree that research is a vital part of the process. However, it is just as important to ensure that the information you are researching is relevant to the time period that your story is set in. Consider a thriller that discusses the tactics of the Secret Service. If you are writing a story set in the 80s, then research from the JFK-era will be out of date, yet for a story set in more modern settings, Regan-era information will also be out of date.
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