Know What You Write

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  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 28, 2013 at 9:34 am .

    I just wrote a blog post about this site: http://www.wofford.edu/sharedworlds/handinhand.aspx– A collection of authors with advice written on their hands. One of my favorites is this by Joe Haldeman: Don’t “write what you know”. Make up something new.

    Of course we dig into our lives and experiences in our writing, but sticking to “only what we know” doesn’t always make for very good stories.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 28, 2013 at 11:21 am .

    Hi Nicole, and welcome to the RMFW Blogging team.

    I prefer the “write what you wish you knew” because it gives me an excuse to read and research stuff I don’t know much about. There’s a catch though. I have to make myself stop the reading and start writing, and that’s not always easy.

  3. Karen Duvall
    Karen Duvall August 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm .

    Great blog post, Nicole! I’m currently reading Dissonance in A Minor and really enjoying it.

    The first novel I wrote (unpublished, thank God) was semi-autobiographical, but none of what happened in the story actually happened to me. However, there was a mom character in it and my mother was so concerned that I saw her the same way I saw the mom in my book. They were nothing alike, but people tend to glom onto that.

    I write fantasy now, so no one is thinking I can change into a gargoyle, predict sun storms, drive a demon-possessed taxi or read the past in mirrors. LOL. Even so, there are recurring themes in all my books that center around family. Dysfunctional and otherwise.

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