Some articles are certainly harder to write than others. Getting started really is the hardest step, prior to that it is information gathering, filing, sorting, shooting photos, etc. – building a file of facts and opinions. Sources are strategic in my experience, primary and secondary sources being sorted and used to weed out suspicions and conjecture as we get down to facts. That, my dear friends, is the hardest part – accumulating enough facts to write an article. Having enough information to put together 1500 words or so into a meaningful organization, making it interesting and useful, not rehashing what we already know. That is what gets us into trouble, “what we all know” is frequently sprinkled with facts and heavy on opinions. We often read of memories that are romanticized (made up) and just aren’t truths. Getting to the facts can be tough, especially when it isn’t a popular “well known” belief.
This article appears in the February 2022 issue of Knife Magazine. Premium online members can read the whole thing by clicking the blue button below.