Write what you know

A piece of advice that has served my book project well may also peck at aspiring and current writers, even haunt them: “Write what you know.” It’s a challenge, particularly the second half: “what you know.” It’s open-ended. Knowing does not have to mean what you know a lot about, what you know from A to Z, or what you know totally. It can mean what you know a little about—or even what you know nothing about.

As I wrote about what I know for my book project, knowledge joined with feeling. As I wrote, I was inspired and informed by experiences of agitation, angst, reflection, and refreshment. Writing is feeling. Feeling is writing.

Maybe a way to make “Write what you know” less intimidating is to state instead, “Write what you feel.”

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