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.
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