Do you ever write “how to” books or articles? How do you go about structuring your material? Have you ever tackled something like this which required a lot of research? Or do you limit your “how to” writing to something you’ve actually done and have experience at?
I suspect the best “how to” stuff is grounded in experience in most cases. If I had to repair or install ceramic tile in my kitchen or bathroom, I would feel more confident following instructions from someone I knew had installed or repaired it. I would, of course, expect lots of pictures — and I would be very happy to watch a video or two, too.
I am confident as a writer that I could create a quality “how to” on just about any topic or procedure, if I had quality materials and people to help me with the research. But I would still feel as though I were “faking it” if it were something I had not done myself.
What about you? Have you written any “how to” stuff you’re especially pleased with?