Thursday, January 27, 2011
What You Don't Know
We have all heard the classic advice “Write What You Know” and that’s great, I milk a lot of personal experience and knowledge into my writing, and we should always have those truths in our writing regardless of genre…BUT…I am also a firm believer in writing what we don’t know, of opening that Pandora’s box and letting a story take us somewhere we have never been. Meeting characters and having experiences we might never...EVER want in real life.
I argue this point for the sake of not forever covering ground we have already trod, the idea of taking us somewhere new and uncharted. A multitude of our favorite works wouldn’t have been written IF they had stuck with only writing what you know.
I am personally open to the possibility of spiritual inspiration helping awake something in us, helping us chart these things we don’t yet know, and you can call it whatever you like-I also like the racial memory that Robert E. Howard wrote about or following the Muse as mentioned by Steven Pressfield or Homer. Be open.
I urge you to jump right in and TELL THE STORY, don’t get hung up on what you don’t know, what you haven’t researched yet or whatever else holds you up. Daylight is burning.