Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TALES OF AN UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR: What You Don’t Know . . .
There’s this writing mantra out there that really has had me thinking lately.
Write What You Know.
Writing what you know is considered one of the best ways for a new writer to start. The information is familiar, so generally research is at a minimum. You can craft your story world based on your own experience.
But, I’m going to propose something different.
Why not start by writing about what you don’t know? Okay, that doesn’t mean go out there and write about something that is completely opposite of you. Write about something that appeals to you and you don’t know everything about.
Because sometimes writing about what you don’t know helps you focus on what matters most.
I’m a nurse by trade and I’ve written stories that take place in hospitals, clinics, have medical themes, etc. But, it’s my non-medical stories that seem to come alive. Or should I say the characters seem to be more three-dimensional.
If I’m writing a medical story, I tend to write as if I’m there, an observer making sure the facts are correct, the setting is as I see it. And I’m overlooking one of the most important part of the story: the characters.
Sometimes not knowing what your write will force you to focus on the characters. How would she think in this situation? What would he do?
Sometimes taking a leap into a completely different story will free some writing blocks from the past or help open up a plot point from a different story.
Being different isn’t a bad thing. Expanding your horizons and that of your characters is what writing is about.
Posted by Abbi at 2:05 AM