How much development in research do you need? Exactly as much development as it takes to tell the story.
Describing your research can be used, it clarifies your story. Edit a paragraph of your story adding some action description to words in place. As an example if the word rain was used, then driving rain might be added. Your research may have included rain and its effects, if a scene included a rain forest. This can apply to other researched words.
A thesaurus with correct description for effect’s your reader will share is important. Those new descriptions can add reality to the story. Then with re-reading inspire your additional creative writing. Your story is brought to life, rather than just using an interesting progression of character dialogue interactions. Sharing much more with your reader, gives them interest to read your story.
When characters are in action, one different from the other then there must be a reaction. Reaction is a great time to use your research, to verify the character in dialog, narrative or a situation. Interactions can lengthen a scene. This also can give each character a difference in physical living action.
Narrative or a situation in dialogue gives time to know what important factors drive the character forward. It becomes the thoughts and reason for that characters purpose in the story. In writing characters thoughts can be known and shared, rather than viewing only actions on television. The power of the written word, is the story within the character.
Reveal the character through dialogue, situations and conflict. New information in the middle or at the end of a scene, can give emotional action and reaction weaving the plot together. Reality enlightens something actually within the readers grasp, and moves the plot forward.
A reader is in the scene at the beginning, middle and end. The goal of a scene is experienced with less summary or telling, and more dialogue when needed. Summary at the end of a scene is one way to transition into the next scene, section or chapter.
Beginning – The main character a description and setting.
Middle – The main characters entry and goal.
End – There may be conflict or obstacles.
If the description and setting are already in place, then the scene starts with conflict or obstacles.