Monday, October 21, 2013
Educated Opinions and Why They Matter
By M. J. Joachim
Familiarizing yourself with a topic prior to writing about it is vitally important for all writers and publishers. It’s a bold statement, I know, especially because I’m making such a vast inclusion of everyone when I make it. Audiences, however, will thrive on the clarity expressed in your writing when you take the time to learn your topic well, thereby enabling yourself to share it effectively and efficiently with them.
Regardless of whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction material, there are a few things you can do to enhance your publications.
Study the Experts: Take the time to get to know the back argument of your topic. Educate yourself on both sides, to determine the general consensus of a debate. Then form your own opinion, using various resources and solid references to help back it up.
Clarify the Discussion: Many topics get over-crowded with opinion-based rhetoric based on judgments and opinions that pay little or no attention to facts. Boost your writing by including thoroughly researched material, expressing both pros and cons as to why your argument matters, and how your take on a topic might help or hurt the reader.
Impress and Engage Your Audience: Impress your audience with facts that matter to them personally. Ask yourself, “How do my readers benefit from what I’m writing?” and “Why should my readers care about what I am sharing with them in this work?” Get personal. Know your particular audience and address your work to them.
Explain the Costs & Benefits: Be honest and clear in your explanation as to why your article or manuscript matter. However, avoid the pitfall of telling your audience what to think about your subject matter. Try to remember, if they’re smart enough to read your work, they’re smart enough to form an educated opinion of their own.
While much of writing focuses on creative expression, learning how to improve your following by developing solid, well-researched material never hurt anyone.
How much research do you conduct prior to writing and publishing a story or manuscript? Do you take time to research your blog posts, or are they more for writing off the cuff and on the fly? How has your own research positively or negatively affected your writing?
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