Monday, October 15, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#244) -- Write What You Know?

Which is more true for you, “Write what you know” or “Research, research, research”?

Get ready for another of my trademarked non-committal responses.

I’m a big believer in both of these writing truths. I think that you can’t write what you don’t know, but inversely, research can only give facts and can only go so far. So, where does that leave a writer?

With the imagination to take what he or she does know (“we can only possess what we experience… truth, to be understood, must be lived” -- thank you Charlie Peacock), add to that facts about the topic or time period or people involved in the tale, and stir vigorously to create something tasty for a reader’s brain to digest.