A popular post from March 2009
by Annette Lyon
I've talked about this before: how the old rule, "write what you know" is highly over-rated. (Read my rant about that here.)
In the last week, I got a great laugh when someone else wrote about the same thing in connection with my new release.
Regarding Annie is a blog written by a woman who is a fun writer in her own right. She's got a newspaper column of the same name that you can click over to on her sidebar.
Her blog post from last Friday was a bit of tongue-in-cheek journalism looking at my supposed in-depth experiences that helped shape the book: things like mine explosions, theft, rattlesnakes, 19th century printing presses, and horse training.
None of which I possess any firsthand knowledge of whatsoever.
All of which play important roles in the book.
If I'd clung to the adage of, "Write what you know," I couldn't have written it. Or any of my other books. In this case, I had a fun storyline and great characters, and I knew I could look up what I needed to and ask for additional help from experts. And that's exactly what I did.
Once and for all, toss out, "Write what you know."
Replace it with, "Write what you're willing to learn about," and (as a commenter said in my earlier post on the topic), "Write what you can imagine."
Then look up the rest.
Read Annie's post here.