In the past, solid writing advice would be to write what you know. The implication was, if you worked as an A & E nurse, write about hospital life. You fought in a major war? Write about it. But….. is this advice now obsolete?
John Grisham was a lawyer so has excellent credentials for writing court room dramas but does experience matter?
I don’t think so.
Stephen King has probably never encountered a murdering clown or vampires.
J.K Rowling has never been to a school specifically for witches and wizards.
J.R.R Tolkien has never lived as a hobbit.
But……..millions of people have bought and enjoyed their books.
Technology has made it easy for us to gain knowledge in a few clicks. Anyone can obtain knowledge about any subject now without any real life experience and write a believable story about it. I understand the need to be factual if something has to be real – matters of law, for example – but otherwise I think it’s time to say goodbye to the old, stuffy advice to write what you know.
It has probably always been obsolete advice, doled out by self-obsessed authors who thought they belonged to an elite group.
These days, anyone can join the party. Bring your imagination and something to write with and you’re in. If I read enough about it, I’ll bet I can convince you I’m an astronaut.