I made reference to the old adage ‘write what you know’ in a previous post.
It’s true – it lends authenticity to words.
But sometimes we feel we know very little.
So although I believe in ‘writing what I know’, I also want to explore the things I’m less familiar with, and accumulate knowledge of a different kind.
‘Research’ is a familiar premise to a writer, and one of the best things about being a writer is the potential for variety. We can take a topic we are interested in and learn about it for ourselves, before committing it to paper.
Within the art of writing, there is a whole world of topics, themes, of things to write about.
For me, writing is itself an act of exploration. It’s a version of thinking out loud, pursuing ideas and making realisations that wouldn’t have come to me without that act of writing.
By all means, write what you know.
But you can always seek to know more.
A to Z posts – reflecting on my writing journey
A to Z theme reveal
A is for … acorns
B is for … bricks
C is for … change
D is for … dreams
E is for … empathy
F is for … forgetfulness
G is for … gifts
H is for … hiatus
I is for … imagination
J is for … jewels