by Richard Rowell, Article Writer for Hire
As a writer, research is an integral part of the creative process. There's always something more to know about any given topic. As a freelancer you can find yourself writing on topics that you may not be an expert in. But even if you are an expert in given fields, research is still important. It's not just for credibility or finding a way to reach a certain word count. Research should always be for your own edification.
Sometimes being an expert on a topic means that you should fall back on research in a different way. Is there a question that you may have asked yourself that you haven't seen answered? If you have the freedom of deciding on the exact topic for an assignment, researching those sorts of questions becomes a great focus point. It's likely that others are asking those questions and if they weren't will be glad you asked it and answered it as best as you could.
Whenever you go about writing something outside of your comfort zone, research can sometimes be difficult. Sometimes the research becomes the most painstaking and stressful part of the writing process. But it need not be. The research should not simply be treated as a necessary evil. You never know what your research could teach you that will become useful information later on in life.
by Richard Rowell, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
It’s a well-documented phenomenon that one often writes in a much different style than in which he or she speaks. I know for a fact that this is most certainly the case with me. I am a far better writer than speaker and not only in public speaking. I’ve had the tendency to misspeak on many occasions in ways that simply do not happen in my writing. I’m far better composed in writing than I am in speech. When I’m speaking on a topic that I am well versed in and knowledgeable about, though, I can at least sound reasonably intelligent.
In speaking, I have a way of stating the incredibly obvious without even consciously realizing it. Again, this does not happen in writing, unless some sort of sarcasm or “tongue-in-cheek” humor is intended. These differences between my own writing and my own speech patterns could make a very fascinating and in-depth study into the functioning of my own mind. Not being a social scientist, however, I’m not sure just how accurate my observations will be. To be honest, I’m far more curious about how others perceive the differences between their writing and speaking styles in contrast to how others perceive the differences. That would make for quite an interesting discussion.
On that note, how different do you feel your writing styles and speaking styles vary? Do others ever comment on those differences? Or do you feel that your writing and speaking are actually much the same?
Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell are life & business partners. Owners of the Write W.A.V.E. Media network, they are your content superheroes to the rescue! Running their network, tackling deadlines single handedly, and coaching fellow writers & entrepreneurs to be thought leaders is their top priority. While rescuing civilians from boring content and marketing, they conquer the world, living the RV life and making Crafts For A Purpose with their awesomely crazy family while recounting The Nova Skye Story, along with Kymani’s Travels. They also strive to one day cuddle with lions and giraffes. Until then, they’ll settle for furry rescue kitties and doggies.
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