Should You Write About What You Know?


“Write what you know” is a cliché among writers, though it is an oft-debated truism. How, for example, would a science fiction or fantasy writer embrace such a motto? Many would argue that we only come to know something truly by writing about it in the first place. They would suggest changing the adage to “Write to know.”

I don’t offer a solution to the problem. At least not today. Instead, I’ll leave you with Eudora Welty’s take on it. It’s the most interesting and provocative I’ve seen.

Write about what you don't know about what you know." ~Eudora Welty *****

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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

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