Write What You Know -- And What You Don't
There's nothing more intimidating to a writer than a blank sheet of paper or screen when an article or post is due and no ideas are forthcoming.
Each of us deals with the dreaded writer's block in different ways. I often go back to the basic, "Write what you know," but put my own little twist on it. Instead of writing about something I do know, I write about something I don't know much about, but have an interest in learning more about.
This approach requires a greater investment of time and energy than writing about something with which I am already familiar. That's fine by me, because I enjoy the research, discovery and learning that is the process needed to write quality content about something new.
Not only do I need to find the answer(s) to the questions I have, I also need to learn the material and assimilate it into my own thoughts and frames of reference. In this way, I'm not just regurgitating what I've read; I am able to add my own take and understanding of the material.
It's important to provide links to the research material I've used, too. In that way the reader, if interested enough to learn more, can access the same material and then branch out from there if desired. Giving credit where it's due to references is not only the correct thing to do, it lends more credibility to your own words.
How about you? Do you enjoy the process of research, or use your curiosity to help you find new topics?
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