Yes, I lost twenty five minutes of my life getting my teeth into a nice bit of superfluous research.
That's the trouble with research. It's seductive, but it's a time waster. You really should be writing, but you convince yourself that research is work as you happily fossick about in the sea of information that is the Internet.
Don't. Don't do ANY research until you've finished the first draft and are more or less happy with the story line and structure. At that point you'll know what you actually need to know. It's no good going to Paris and researching all that (although it might be jolly good fun) unless you know for certain your characters will go to Paris. And even then, the things you research might be the wrong ones. For A Single to Rome I went to Rome three times on research trips, and I'd been a student there, but there were still a few things that I'd missed that had to be researched on line. And there were lots of places that I did research (restaurants, bars...) that weren't needed in the final draft.
What you do instead is make it up. You take a leap of faith that the right answer WILL be there when you need it, and just write what you'd like to happen. Then, when you know what the perfect situation is and that you're going to keep that scene in, you go back and research it. Because you know exactly what you need, the research is quick and simple - and you've got the writing done instead of getting stuck in the research process.
NEW!!! I've finally got round to organising some course dates....
How to WRITE a Novel: London 3rd May/Birmingham 7th May/
Oxford 8th May/Exeter 21st May/Bath 12th June
How to SELL a Novel: London 24th May/Exeter 4th June/
Bath 3rd July Details are on my website