As writers, it’s imperative that we know what we’re talking about before we proceed to inform or entertain our readers with stories and articles. In this day and age, being misinformed or not providing truthful material can result in the utter decimation of your reputation and reliability as an author. Even something as minor as typos can sometimes break a writer, especially if those typos are excessive.
This is why it’s imperative for writers to research, edit, and polish their manuscripts. If we’re not an expert on diamond mining for example, and the story or article calls for such knowledge, we need to find out everything we can about it. This doesn’t mean we’re going to include everything we discover. However, having this knowledge empowers us with authenticity, making readers return to us as a trustworthy source.
With that said, it’s also good to know when to call it quits on research and revision. You can spend the rest of your life fixing up a manuscript, all the while letting life pass you by as you tweak your work to perfection. Of course, we are anything but perfect. There’s only so much one can do with a piece before it needs to either be shelved or sent out into the scary worlds of submission or self-publishing.
Make your work shine. But also learn to gauge when it’s ready to be go. Getting a few beta readers involved will certainly help with this. With time and practice, you’ll build up your research and revision skills to where you need them to be, without losing too much of your precious writing time.