Sunday, March 1, 2015

Writing What You Don't Know

Usually, but not always, we write what we know. From my own experience, it is educational to write what we don't know. Why so? Because we need to do research on the subject we are going to write about. The result of our intensive research is rewarding: we learn something "new." It may be something old to those who already know it; for us, though, it is a learning experience.

In my opinion, a writer should be a life-long learner. Someone might say, "There is nothing new under the sun." Well, a saying remains a saying; there is some truth in it. But look at the categories of books in a bookstore, how many subjects do we really know? Just look at the titles for Dummies. It would take me a long time to read them all if I chose to do so.