Write What You Know is one of the traditional truisms of fiction. When it’s announced in an echo chamber by The Man Behind The Curtain, I’ve known it to intimidate some would-be novelists so much about the imperfection in their knowledge, that they never do write the stories they’ve carried around inside their heads for years.
Write What You Know does notmean that if you were raised in a bedroom community in suburbia, that that’s all you’re permitted to write about. You can learn about any place or time in history – and then write about it!
Write What You Know does notmean that you should just give fictitious names to your eccentric friends and relations and then document their dysfunctional lives. But you can disassemble those personalities and personal histories, shake up the pieces, pull some out, put them together – and then write about it!
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