Sticking with what is safe and familiar can cost a writer points, and staying inside our comfort zone is neither any fun for our readers nor very good for us writers. It doesn’t stretch our creative muscles, and it can become old-hat for readers very quickly. How then do we balance writing what we know with thinking outside the box and being inventive? The solution is actually pretty simple.
If you don’t know what you need to know to make your writing topnotch, then grow what you know!
Being diligent in your research comes with a whole host of benefits to you and your writing. Not only will it improve the trust your readers have in you, doing research gives you the opportunity to explore new possibilities, new ideas, and new directions to take your work. It can expand your horizons. It can be an awesome source of inspiration. Research can even cure a pesky case of writers block.
These resources and prompts are intended to help you develop your research and sleuthing abilities. They are designed to test your mastery of information gathering techniques and to put your skills into action. You can also use them as inspiration and motivation tools if you are looking for new creative avenues or if you want to explore new genres of writing and areas of potential interest.
These exercises and tips can be followed in any order, but we suggest that you start at the top of the list and work your way down.
- Section 1: Start Here!
Readers today have a lot of options when it comes to the reading material they pick up and stick with. If you choose to write on a subject that you know little about, chances are your work will end up in the hands of a better informed reader. You might be tempted to ask yourself, “So what? A reader knows better than me, what’s the big deal?” Getting the details right can mean the difference between gaining and losing a reader, or getting published and receiving a rejection letter.
The key to writing well is being well-informed. If you write from what you know, your are more likely to establish yourself as a trustworthy voice, which is integral to keeping your readers coming back for more. At least, that’s what we’ve all been told. In this prompt, we invite you to test the theory that our writing is most credible when we go with what we know.