...on beng an authority

October 15, 2012 4:22am CST
Sometimes,I think a writer is a jack of all trades and master of none. Especially for freelance writers like n= me, we are heavily reliant on topics and keywords given to us and the research that we came up with.It is unspoken qualification that any writer who writes sometime is touted as an expert or authority in the subject. However, it kinda bothers me now since there are times when clients are being very challenging. Many want their content written by an expert. However,how does one define an authority on these things? Having an academic degree or being in that industry for a long period of time? Being mentioned by a lot of sites or just a perceived POV? Of course,there is good on being an authority. You ear credible and believable. So are the scammers. How does a writer becomes authority on anything except for his writing?
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@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
23 Oct 12
I tend to agree with you. If you are a writer, a journalist or columnist, you need to know a lot of things. This can be from politics, weather, new technology or inventions or events around the world. You can't possible be an expert on everything. Being an expert means knowing something inside and out. If someone has to be an expert before they can write about something, then maybe the issue that is to be written is already old news or perhaps someone already beat you to it. In my opinion, you can be a good writer but not an authority. People/readers are indeed curious and they would challenge what you write. So it is important that whatever it is you write or whatever your research is about, it has to be founded or has basis. Referencing a previous article or quoting a person who is known to be an expert on the subject matter helps. If you have this to back up what you write then your story should be solid. Good luck on your writing/researches.