Research is very important in writing. Right now we live in a world where many people aren’t checking their facts before speaking or writing. Fake news has become a major problem because of this, and makes it easier than ever to mistake fact for fiction. It’s important to check facts, and make sure you’re not a part of the issue. If you want to write a good story, it’s a good idea to take the time to do the proper research. Research can also be a great way to lead to inspiration. I read science and technology articles daily, and many of my ideas as a science fiction writer are spurred from reading these alone. It’s also a great way to deal with writer’s block. Maybe you just need to take the pen off the page and do a little research to get yourself out of that rut.