Hi, everyone. We've probably all heard the saying "Write what you know". Well, what happens when you want or need to write about something that you don't know? What do you do? How do you approach that? I've reached a point where I feel stuck on every WIP sitting on my hard drive, and that's really frustrating for me. After thinking about it, I realized that they're all stuck at the same place: where the characters have to do something in detail that they know how to do but I don't. So I'm blocked by this big wall of "I don't know." While before I could continue on blissfully unaware that I was botching everything up, now I know enough to know I'm showing those details incorrectly. I want to get it right, but I don't know how. I realize two solutions are to research and/or to get a knowledgeable beta, and those have helped me a lot in other areas. Those aren't working for my current issue, though, since what I need to figure out isn't something written down and published, and it's too in-depth and nuanced for someone to try to explain it all to me. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions beyond those? How do you describe or present details of items, activities or procedures you don't know about, especially when the story doesn't allow you to generalize it or gloss over it? If you read a fic that shows something related to a job or activity you're familiar with, does it bother you if the details are shown incorrectly in the story? I'm very interested in hearing how people approach this in general. Does it concern you when you're faced with writing something you don't know, or do you just dive in and let the chips fall where they may?