How to Write About Things You Know Nothing About

Natalia Jones By Natalia Jones, 29th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It might seem strange to consider writing about something you know absolutely nothing about, but freelance writers are often called upon to do just that. It is impossible to have a good grasp on every topic and unless you specialize in one subject area you can be asked to write about anything from organizational tips to the stock market. A good freelance writer knows how to rise to the occasion and produce an article that provides information that will be both useful and interesting.

Ask the Right Questions

You may be faced with a topic that is totally unfamiliar to you but that is no reason to be intimidated. You can write about anything if you are able to ask the right questions. Turn your topic into several smaller sub-topics and decide on a direction. When you have a main question or topic to work with you can then start examining it in more detail.

Don’t Skimp on the Research

You have already acknowledged that you don’t know a lot about the niche you are called to write on, so this should indicate that a little extra effort needs to go into your research. When you have laid out your questions you can do your research in an orderly manner and make your initial notes under separate headings. This can be done quickly and easily if you have your word processor open while you search the net for answers.

Use Your Ignorance to Your Advantage

Just because you don’t know doesn’t mean you can’t write an interesting article. In fact your perspective may be even more valuable because it comes from fresh eyes. You may be able to look at a topic from a completely different angle because you don’t have any preconceived notions.

Make an Effort to Sound Informed

Finally, you should always remember to write for your reader and not for yourself. For instance, if your article is to be used on a blog for beginners then a lot of explanations or definitions might be expected, but if your work is supposed to be for more advanced readers you should be weary of over-simplifying your article. Writing an article that is geared towards a more experienced reader might be a bit more difficult because this reader is aware of the assumptions and exceptions on the topic but it is not impossible to write an article that will please even a more advanced audience if you have done the right research.


Freelance Business, Freelance Tips, Freelance Writers, Freelance Writing, Research Writing

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author avatar Natalia Jones
Natalia Jones is a full time freelance writer and blogger. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (ACCA). She writes on personal finance, business and much more.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Good points and very timely info -- of course, if you read the last article I wrote that wasn't a book review, you'll know what I'm talking about.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Sep 2014 (#)

interesting post mate, cheers for the awesome post!

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author avatar Natalia Jones
30th Sep 2014 (#)

thanks for your comments ;)

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