I'm a pantster. I'm not sure I spell that right...it might be pantser. Either way, I write by the seat of my pants, by wherever the story takes me. Hate to plot. Bleh. Index cards? Please.
I've always written this way, and never had a major problem.
A new story has been calling my name for months. I've refused to really even think about it, using it as a carrot to get through my last ms, that was dragging. But finally! The last story is done, time to start the new one.
I jumped in with both hands on the keyboard. I wrote the first chapter. I realized I hadn't done any research. Fortunately for me, I have a friend who lives in the Mid-East, and I have deluged her with questions. And my good friend/CP has been so patient and kind, reading and re-reading the new chapter while I work out the kinks.
But the truth is, I wouldn't have gone through all this if I had thought it through a bit more, done some research before I started putting words to paper. Will I change, become a plotter? Buy stock notecards and highlighters?
But I might do a bit of research before I start wriiting another story, if it's one about something I'm not so familiar!