Some say, “If you don’t have a thorough knowledge of the topic, do not write about it. Writing on a topic you know nothing about is like giving prescription medicine to a sick person when you’re not a doctor. Don’t do it.”
While some say, “You can write on any topic as long as you are interested in it. You don’t need to be a professional or well experience before writing on a topic. All you need to do is write it as the professional would.”
This is an expression of opinion and in this case, as far as Im concerned, everyone is right.
I quite agree that it is easier and more comfortable to write on any topic within your scope of professionalism. For ease of writing and to attract less headache. Also, an expert gives the seekers of knowledge the authentic information as it should be, without any mistake.
However, I’m not in any way against writing on a topic that is not within your expertise.
Life is all about learning and growing. We learn what we don’t know, get to know them, apply them and pass them across to others as well. It could be passed on verbally or in writing.
No one is born a professional in a particular field. It takes a learning process to attain. You find out that in life, no one knows it all, not even the professionals.
You Can Write On Any Topic Of Interest
I have mentioned this in one of my previous posts that you can write on any topic of interest as long as you are comfortable with the topc and are ready to do what it takes. All that is there to it is, write it like the professionals. Let nothing reveal you do not have thorough knowledge on what you’re writing about.
All researchers or readers want is to get authentic information from a reliable source and all you need to do is give them reliable information.
Research Paves Way For All Writers
If you are a fiction weirer, you must have known that every story has some element of truth in it. You’re not just writing a story, you’re passing specific message across. This message is not a lie, it’s a fact – a truth which needs to be told through your story.
To be able to talk about the truth surrounding your story, you don’t need to go get a degree in that area to equip yourself. You don’t need to be a law professional for example before you can write your crime stories.
All you need to do is tell it as if you know all the facts surrounding the element of truth just like a professional in the field.
You may be inspired to write a story which points to the difficulty facing farmers in rural area of of a country in West African. You desperately needed to suggest in your writing the possible solution or just to let the world know what these farmers are facing.
But your problem is that you have not set your eyes on an African soil, let alone West of it. Yet, you burn with this desire to write this story because of the disturbing casual conversation you overheard between two people on the issue.
You shouldn’t shy away from such topic because you do not have all the facts involved. You get the facts somehow and do your writing
In all cases, wether you’re writing fiction or factional writing , all you need to do is do your thorough research.
You Can Use The Following Means To Research Your Topic Of Interest And Get The Needed Facts.
1. Tap From The Knowlege Of Others
Sit down with a professional or someone who has experience in the field of your topic and get the facts you need from them. You can also listen to professionals through podcast, audiobooks and documentaries. You can resort to social media group or community forum to seek for help. Ask for who knows about what. You may end up with a lot of people who would like to help you with the facts you need.
2. Use The Library
Reading wildly on the topic can give you a second-hand experience on almost any topic. A well stuffed Library could be all you need to write on that topic of interest. Read different authors on the same topic and note down the facts. You can also read maga
3. Get There
You need to take yourself to that area if you really need to. Sometimes you need to make personal research for more originlity and to get afirst hand information. You might end up making a new discovery – something new to add to the already existing information.
4. Search The Internet/ Google it
It’s all over the internet. Google knows every thing these days as long as the right search term is typed in. We all search it and get what we’re looking for. Hundreds and more articles written by over are all over the internet on the same topic. This is a sure way of getting the facts you need without much stress. Researchers know that if they can’t get it on the net, it will be tough.
Nowadays people can make such comments like “Why don’t you google it” when you ask them questions on what they know. Of course you have your smartphone at your disposal. Simply google it.
So, it’s simple, Google it. Youtube also has lots of information. You can use it as your research means.
5. Take A Short Course
You can take a short course to expose yourself to the area of your interest. You may consider Masterclass, Udemy, Skillshare and so many others out there.
What Next After Getting The Fact?
By now you’re smiling! You have all the facts in your hand!!
Time to sit down and get to work. Write your first draft, rewrite, edit and proofread and you’re good to go.
Would you rather you stocked with your writing on the topics from your area of specialty or try writing on some other topics too? What research method do you use or would you like use? Give your opinion on the comment section.
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I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
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