We Start With the Stories We Know By Heart | The Blank Page


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Meg Dowell Writes

The Blank Page is a new weekly series on Novelty Revisions dedicated to any writer who is just beginning their journey or starting again after a long pause. Check back every Monday for more tips and inspiration.


“Write what you know” has become one of those creative mantras that people tend to take too far. When we talk about telling familiar stories, we’re not saying writers should ONLY write what they know best. In fact, one of the best ways to grow as a storyteller is to craft narratives that aren’t all that familiar to you, at least at their start.

But this semi-infamous mantra does have an important meaning in the context of beginners. Aspiring writers have a lot to worry about as they’re in the very early stages of constructing the frameworks of their first tales. The last thing they need is to take on a story that’s…

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