For a writer, research is an integral part of the creative process. There’s always something more to know about any given topic. Especially as a freelancer, you can find yourself writing on topics that you may not be an expert in at all.
But, even if you’re an expert in the field you’re writing for, 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. too.
Sometimes being an expert on a topic already means 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 themselves. If they weren’t, there will be those who 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. Research shouldn’t 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.
~ Amelia <3