Research – A Must for all Writers

Writers can be a funny lot – and I happily include myself in this observation. We can tap away for hours on end, formulating features and creating conclusions, giving the impression that it all came from nothing. But truth be told, a good writer relies heavily upon their research. conducting research is by no means the glamorous edge of the job. It can be a labourous and painstakingly long process. However, if you take the time to invest in good, comprehensive research, your writing topic will be all the better for it. Good research starts with good research tools and techniques. No sound piece of writing is ever built around just one point of view or piece of evidence. Learn all you can about your topic and understand how that could effect your writing. Reading is a great way to conduct research – as long as you understand and take it all in. Digest the information and make sure you comprehend exactly what is being said. Knowing your topic inside out will make the writing process much easier. Assessing the competition is another way to gain knowledge and understanding on what you’re writing about. Could you improve on their arguments? Use better resources or widen the amount of research used? When you are in a position to start writing, remember that quantity is no match for quality. Review your writing, re-work or even take out sections which you feel aren’t working. Don’t be afraid to be ruthless. Conducting research is all part of the job and by making sure you know exactly what you’re talking about, your writing should be comprehensive, clear and concise.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]