Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Writing what you Know
I once read somewhere that novice writers are sometimes viciously bashed about the head and neck with the advice to 'write what you know.' In creating a novel, this could either be a blessing or a curse. If you're hoping to let loose your creative fancy and write about universes and creatures unknown, then writing what you know might lead you down the path to a brick wall. But it could also help make something not necessarily palatable to everyone, a bit more relative.
I take the advice to mean, harness your incredible flight of fancy with the knowledge of the things that are known. If, for instance, I'm choosing to give my space creature several arms and legs, then I'll let her feel the glide of cool water on a hot summer days over how many ever digits she possesses with the same appreciation as if she only had as many as I do and was able to splash and wade just the same.
I'm trying to adapt to the advice in ways that challenge me to make what I've written better, more sparkling and vibrant. We'll see how this goes while I'm slicing and dicing, shining and polishing the words.