We are not all clever and we don't all have all the experiences of a fighter pilot or a deep sea diver etc. So I am finding that it helps my writing if I watch documentaries, it's like I am building up my knowledge base and in doing so I am able to write about more things. Although I think its great to do research when you are writing a story or a novel, I think this is also helpful to obtain a good overall knowledge. Also I wouldn't mind getting myself a good camera and a notebook so that I can take drives out to places I have never been before. To get inspiration as well as a bit of knowledge. Like taking a midnight drive to an empty airport or an innercity suburb etc. Does anybody already do this ?