If there’s one bit of writing advice that riles me, it’s the old adage “write what you know.”
It’s just wrong, especially when handed out to new writers.
Sure, writing what you know is all very well if you’re an ex-serving member of the military, or a cop, a secret agent, or even a cowboy—you have a wealth of exciting knowledge at your fingertips. But what if you can’t draw from an intriguing, exciting vocation?
What if your daytime role is that of a harassed secretary, a gas station attendant, or a bus driver, but you want to write regency romance, or a thriller, or a crime series?
How do you get from your day job to damsel in distress, reluctant hero, explosives expert, FBI agent, or rural police detective?
Research, that’s how. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune in money or time. Back in the day, a writer might have traveled far and wide to do the needed research in order to write a novel packed with accurate details. But in today’s world, writers have access to some cost-effective ways within reach to get started.
Read the rest of this blog post at Live Write Thrive here - and feel free to add your comments and suggestions as C.S. Lakin and I would love to hear from you.
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