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Write It As If You Know What You Are Writing About

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.

 

Happy Writing😀!

 

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.

Thanks for visiting😍

 

Write It Now, Not Later!

One terrible thing about procrastination is that it happens when you have time to do something but may decide to do it later.

You need to stop procrastinating.

It’s certain you have reasons for pushing your writing into the future. We all do. There are always a thousand and one reasons to keep it till later but these reasons are not the major problem. Procrastination is not even the culprit, the problem is you and I.

The main reasons why we procrastinate come from the way we think or live our lives.

What do you think?

Do you think your writing will fail or nobody will like your work?

If this is your problem, you need to have a channel your thinking towards positivity. Think that you will succeed in it. You will fly, you will excel in your writing.

You won’t fail as you think and you won’t be wasting your time. They will read your writing and they will like it. Once you can come out from your negativity and start writing, you work hard at it and you succeed. It’s that simple.

Do you think that you must vissualise the outcome of your work as perfect before you’ll ever begin writing it?

You need to be realistic here. Think of this; You have looked into the future and have seen that that article or story, isn’t perfect. So you won’t begin it now until you’re sure you got all you need to make it perfect, like when you become a professor of writing. That’s not fair. 😀

No writing is perfect even at it’s last edit. A critique is always lurking at the corner and will surely find something to pick up as a flaw. It has happened to all writers. So do not think about a perfect work. All you need to do is start your writing and work towards making it better.

Write it, do your best and wear a let-them-say attitude.

Do you feel tired and can’t write now?

When you feel you’re tired and can’t write now even though you have time, check yourself well.

Are you sick? Have you eaten well and healthy too? Have you slept well? Have you exercised?

A healthy lifestyle can help solve this problem. Always make sure you body is in good state and you are in the right state of mind. If your body fails, your mind fails as well. So, take care of yourself by living a healthy lifestyle.

Do you think you’re busy and there is no time to write today?

You have the time to write today. Just say it. You do. If you told me you’re so busy that in 24hrs of today your hands were tied and you couldn’t put down at least 200 words on a blank page or to continue an already started work, I would stare at you wide eyed.

I’ll only understand if you told me you’re sick. When you’re sick, you are not in your right state of mind to write. You’re weak both physically and mentally.

In spite of this state of the body during an illness, some writers still write depending on the level of their illnesses.

Some have actually written great work from their sick bed. Some have written from a wheelchair – terribly sick. They had perfect reason – to put away their writing till later but they didn’t. They know that once they allow procrastination in, nothing gets done.

I’m not suggesting that you write in your sick bed. What you need to focus on at this time is getting better. Once you do, start writing again.

Have you lost writing focus?

It happens to most of us. We have our writing goals and at certain point we begin to lose interest.

Once focus is lost, the zeal won’t be there anymore. What drives writers is their focus, their target. Where they want to reach at a given period. What they want to achieve at a given time, that’s the focus. Keep it alive and you will write everyday.

If ever you postponed todays writing, do not do the same tomorrow.

If you constantly push your writing to the future times, you should as well forget it. Writing is one of the things that if you want to do, you do it now – not later. The famous English proverb says that time and tide waits for no man.

Procrastination is not a stepping stone like other obstacles of writing – it doesn’t have to be there in the first place to be stepped on. It’s only there because you allowed it. It’s like an enemy you can overpower but which you have allowed lying peacefully at your feet. You nurture it while it shrinks your will power. You won’t fail to get rid of it if you make an attempt.

Do This

Find out the reason behind your procrastination. It could be the way you think or the way you live. Have positive thoughts towards your writing and live a healthy lifestyle and procrastination will never stop you from writing.

How Many Words Should a Story Have?

 

Word count in story writing is essential. It determines what category a story should fall into – whether it’s micro fiction, flash fiction, short story, novelette, novella or a novel.

Whatever the length of the story, what matters is getting your reader to read it without getting bored.

Having said that, below is the estimated guideline for how long a story should be;


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Language Vs Writing

A language is a tool for communication and not a barrier to writing.

– Bernard Kelvin Clive

It’s true most people prefer to write in Eglish language because it’s the universal language and large proportion of the populace get to read their work. However, writing is not limited to the English language alone. Any writer can write in any language of choice as long as he’s good at the language and can write good stuff.

An aspiring writer, for example, doesn’t need to wait until he has mastered the English language art and become a guru before writing his first book. He can write in any language he is more comfortable with.

If a writer’s writing is good, the good news will definitely go round, and the world will get to know about it through the speakers of that language and probably demand for translation.

So, do not be discouraged from writing, if English is not your native language and you have not been opportune to master it as to write with it.

Writers write to communicate, and any language has someone who understands it.

It doesn’t matter which language you write in, as long as your writing is good.

– Chinua Achebe

The quote above says it all- the language you write in doesn’t matter. What you need to focus on is good writing.