Originally Posted by BookCat
[...]If you don't outline, how do you cope with things like research?[...]
With difficulty. It depends on the situation. If you need the detail in order to keep writing then you are forced to stop and research, but mostly I try to leave a note to myself in the text and research it when I come back. Once I know that a character is going somewhere, then I will generally take time-out to read from a variety of sources before proceeding much further - there is a randomness to this that sometimes adds surprises.
My biggest problem is not having the money to actually travel to all the places that my characters need to go - but I imagine that's a problem that most of us face (even more so if you write sci-fi or other-world fantasy