Okay, and forgive me for being cliche, but this is so true no matter what you write. If a writer doesn't know his subject matter, that lack of insight comes across in the writing. And guess what, the writer ends up looking like a big old tool.
We all know a few of those, don't we?
So in this life, we are confined to a certain number of hours in a day and there are just way too many things to experience. As I've already said you can not write about yourself. Why? Because A) It's arrogant and presumptuous to do so. B)That's why we have blogs and C) It hurts more when those rejections start piling up. Then you wonder why the agent/ editor doesn't like you, not the story you wrote.
There are more, but I digress.
So, what is a writer who wants to write about everything to do.
This is one of those neat things that you may not be told very often. Inspiration for a story can come from just about ANYWHERE. All it takes is an observant mind and the question "I wonder what would happen if...?"
There are a ton of different, fun ways to research. When I was an assistant den mother for Danny's Tiger Cub den, we toured the brand new correctional facility in the town of Concord. (And no, no guests there yet.) We saw the new 911 call response center as well as state of the art equipment.
Pretty cool, right? I haven't used this info yet, but the door is open.
There's also the Internet, telephone calls or just day to day networking. A good story can come from anywhere, so keep your eyes open or you might trip over it.
I've done so a few times. ;-)
So tell me, what do you know? What have you studied inside and out and can now safely use in your writing without looking like aforementioned big old tool?