Do you write about things you know or things you want to learn?
When you write about things you know, you tend to write with more authority. This gives your readers confidence that you are a valuable source, especially if you add your own experiences.
When you write about something you don't know, something you want to learn, it comes across that way to your readers. They get the sense that you don't really have a clue about what you are writing.
So, I write about things I know. Sometimes you have a partial knowledge and in order to write about it you need additional research, that is okay. But if you are not familiar with a subject, it's best to learn about before writing it, rather than writing it while you learn.
An example is this past Halloween, I was encouraged to write about how my country celebrates it. I was even given a topic, but not knowing anything or ever experiencing the holiday I refrained from writing about it lest I do a bad job.
Things I know and have been through. Writing about something you want to learn gives your audience false belief in the author.
Something that I know or feel strongly about. If I do not have all of the facts, I will go off and research a Hub before I write it.
Personally, I do not see the benefit in just deciding to write on a topic for the sake of it, or because it is popular at that particular time.
The old adage and recommendation to all new writers is to, write what you know, but writing what you don't know opens so many other horizons. All this requires is, research. Find out and write.
I write about things I know and experiences I've been through. When it comes to short stories though I write about what I would like to read. It's just a matter of what you want to write and then finding the best way from your point of view to put it into words. Blessings
This depends entirely on why and what I'm writing: an article, a story, a song, a poem, my diary...
For years my writing has been foremost a reflection of my understanding of life and consciousness. This is "what I know", but at the same time it's also a search for answers to what I would like to know.
The last few months I've been busy writing songs for an album with the theme of the 1960's counterculture. I "knew" nothing about this subject, but through research I filled pages with notes and information, which I then condensed in a few lines of lyrics that I hoped would reflect the stories and the atmosphere of the times.
You can write about what you want to learn if you want to inspire discussion, but if your intention is to share "objective" information, you are obliged to "know" what you're writing about.
I usually start out writing about what I know or where I have been but sometimes an idea will occur to me and I have to do research to get my facts straight to maintain the believablity of the world I'm creating.
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