"Write what you know."
We hear that all the time. But sometimes, we're so close to what we know that we can't write it. We're too close to get the necessary perspective to tell the best story we can tell. How do we step back?
Lately, I've been doing a lot of journaling. I write and write and write, then I go back and try to think about it from another viewpoint, or to see it from another angle. Then I write some more from that angle. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I find myself slipping back into "me" again after a while. But it's one technique I can use.
How about you guys? How do you get perspective on an issue that is close to you?