Here are some great thoughts from Douglas William Thurstan Smith on the ever popular ‘Write What You Know’ concept.
This weeks topic:
Write what you know.
At first, I thought it was referring to the genre. I know and love fantasy so I’ll write fantasy.
The more I have written, the more I have uncovered layers to this statement.
For me I have found, it isn’t the know of genre to write, it is the themes within the story. Whether it is fantasy, romance, thriller, mystery, fiction or non-fiction.
The themes of love, family, relationships and coming-of-age. These are the things Iknow, the things I have experienced.
I could amend the original statement, and suggest
Write what you have experienced.
For discussion, comment the themes you have experienced?
Is this how you interpret the original/ amended statement? Or was it something completely different?
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