How do you know when you need to do more research for your writing? I'm writing a novel where the Anti-Hero is a politician who will be running for President. It's a horror novel and politics is really only his cover. How much research into politics should I do? As I'm writing, I know I need to research the mechanics of a boat hoist if my character is using one; at least enough info just to operate it anyway. I'm not sure I know enough in certain subject matter to even recognize that I need to learn more. I may think I know enough, but maybe I don't. Any thoughts?