"Write what you know"...professors always said this in my creative writing classes. I remember thinking "well, that will be boring!" I believe that I took this phrase too literally and it's taken age and experience to comprehend that this "simple" statement is actually more full-bodied than what's on the surface.
Writing what you know means using an authentic voice, doing the research on those topics that can be researched, knowing the back story and believing in your story. Writing what you know also means understanding your genre so Read, Read, Read. Finally, writing what you know provides an incentive to get away from the computer, put the book down and LIVE. We have to soak up our experiences, dare to try something new and observe all that is around us to "prime the pump" of creativity.
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