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Research is the foundation of your writing. A well-researched piece is more persuasive and credible. With good research, you can highlight unique aspects of a topic and present a fresh perspective to your audience.
In an op-ed, you need to form an opinion and explain your perspective to your readers. Op-eds are a part of the newspaper where readers go to seek truth and insight. Therefore, you need to be thorough with your research and write clearly.
The essentials of an op-ed—creativity and narrative—come from your knowledge of the topic; your own understanding of the topic you are writing about improves through research. As a writer, research adds to your credibility and can support your opinion. Your curiosity about the topic should lead you to detailed research and guide you as you explore new directions for your op-ed.
Research and concise writing will help you to sound prepared and knowledgeable, creating an authoritative voice in an op-ed. Not only will you reveal the truth to your readers but also display an extensive understanding of the topic.
Good research stems from clarity of approach and the use of relevant facts. Facts found in your research will form a fortress around your op-ed, making it strong and durable. Good quality research protects your stance, should you be challenged by an opposing point of view.
Whether you are writing from your own point of view or presenting factual statements on certain issues, research is fundamentally important for developing these ideas. Having a well-researched piece shows conviction and makes your writing more persuasive.
Do’s and Don’ts
- There should be an underlying theme to your opinion piece that is built upon your extensive research about the topic.
- Remember to be respectful of others’ thoughts and opinions and do not use hurtful language.
- Timeliness is crucial too. It is only possible to reach your audience in the right place and at the right time.
- Learn more about your audience, as it will help you fine-tune the voice you employ in your piece. Knowing your audience will help you develop unique insights and prepare you to answer any possible questions your readers may have.
In short, research is the skeleton upon which the body of a successful opinion piece is built. For more guidance on creating a high-quality and powerful op-ed, check out other articles in this toolkit. If you need more help, contact one of the mentors at Dweebs Global who will be happy to guide you in the right direction.