... think of your characters as real people. You probably spend more time with them than your family, so it's only natural.
... ignore all the housework. It just is, okay?
... read magazines/watch TV or films and call it research.
... work in your pyjamas. As long as you're working from home. It isn't quite as acceptable if you've decided to work in the library or a café.
... eavesdrop. This is also research.
... stare out of windows and daydream. In fact, it's encouraged. How else are you supposed to plot/develop characters and storylines?
... eat cake at every opportunity. Research, okay?
... fall a little bit in love with your hero.
... snack on chocolate. It helps with creativity. Or something.
... drink so much tea, your blood type is now PG Tips.
... take naps during the day. Research? No? Time to restore creativity and mull over ideas? Brilliant. Let's go with that.