Many professional authors will advise that we should “Write what you know.” It is important for authenticity and grounding readers in our stories. It also helps us to stick to information, situations, and locations that are familiar.
Writing only what I know can be a huge challenge for me. I have never met a dragon—though it is a dream of mine. I have never traveled to a distant planet. And I don’t have any neighbors who are fairies or elves. Yes, I am a fantasy writer. Other times I write historical fiction, but—again—this is a problem. I have never lived in the Middle Ages. There are some advantages to having access to primary sources for research and a lot of other history buffs out there who have synthesized the research for me. But even with all I can read and research, would it be considered writing what I know? Read more “Should You Always Write What You Know?”