There was a recent discussion about writing about romance/love that inspired this thread. Many people felt that a writer could write a better story if they had actually experience the kind of relationship/romance they were writing about. While I'd agree that it is easier to write about "what you know", than having to spend time doing research to learn something new, I also feel that there is nothing wrong with taking the time to learn something new. So, the question I'm posing for the readers of this forum is: What is your comfort zone? What topics and subjects are you familiar and comfortable with? What writing projects do you feel up to the task to tackle WITHOUT doing any research on? What writing projects would you accept if it meant having to do some research in order to complete it? What writing projects would you NOT ACCEPT and why? EDIT: ---> Just realized that I had forgotten to answer my own questions. I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached. Having grown up and lived most of my adult life reading fantasy, science fiction and horror stories, I feel confident enough to write these without having to do any research on them. In the case of science fiction, I may need to spend some time googling specific bits of science and/or technology, in order to make some parts of the plot make sense, but that's all. Having served in law enforcement, the military and private security, I feel confident to write stories about these using my real life experiences as my research. Having worked in executive positions in corporate America, I also feel confident writing stories in that setting. I have no problem writing stories that incorporate elements of the hobbies I've had during my life (Coin collecting, skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, interior design, art collecting, etc.). Topics I'd accept a writing assignment for that required research on my part: Historic non-fiction and fiction. I've been a life long history buff and between the internet and the History Channel, I feel I've probably got it covered. Medical/Hospital based stories. The only medical training I've had is an EMT certification course required by my Security job, some twenty years ago. I'd have to do some major research to know what I was talking about if I were to write about this, but I like to think I'm up the task. Subjects I'd reject and why: Child exploitation/pornography pieces. Not even in fiction, because I view such subjects as beneath me. Political propaganda. Not for any side, because I'd rather watch sausage being made than get involved with actual politics.