It is time for week 8 in the 52week MFRW 52weekblog challenge. This week’s topic is The Worst Writing Advice I have ever received. This was really hard one for me. I had thought a while. I almost decided to say I couldn’t think of anything when I remembered this tidbit… Write only what you know.
I am not a traveler. As a matter of fact, I am a recluse. I have held like four jobs in my life counting the two when I was a teenager. I have lived in three states two for about a year each. The only holidays I had were as a child we went camping..pretty much to the same places every year. So my life experience though I am 56 is slim.
If we only wrote what we knew there would be no science fiction. How many of us are aliens or rocket scientists or flew to the moon, lived on other planets. How many of us fought in world war 1 two or civil war… Or lived in the wild west so we could write historical? How many of us are pirates? Vampires? werewolves? Fairies? witches..mages demons? I think you get the point. If we all wrote only what we know some of the best books wouldn’t exist.
The internet opens up so many worlds for us. Good research lets us become one of the things I mentioned above so we can write amazing, realistic stories! So, yes this advice I threw right out the window! Does this mean I don’t use some things I do know to enhance my stories? sure I do. I have plenty of crafting, cooking and other things that do help to make my characters real, but this experience is limited and would mean no writing for me.
I think writing is like living a dream. If we can dream it up we can write about it.
What’s the worst writing advice you have ever had? Do you believe in write only what you know?
Let’s go see what the other author’s worst advice is?
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