Write what you know?

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.

Di 🙂