Write What You Know

Everyone has a preference for something, even if they don’t know it.  It’s not unusual for authors to write what they like to read–or–in genres that made an impression on them at some point in their lives.  I am no different.  As a child of the Cold War, I grew up with the Space Race on television.  Books and movies were thick with those themes.

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The fiction writer’s pend (or keyboard) allows them to say things that no historian or conventional commentator can–because–they are telling a story that doesn’t have to be “real.”  That simple fact grants some leeway when dealing with touchy subjects.  Today’s taboo is likely to be tomorrow’s tedium, so much so that scholars in the next century are going to wonder what we were thinking.  Our words matter, because they will speak for us when we’re not here anymore.

Any of the characters were create can have meaning, whatever they say and do in our imaginary worlds can imply more than meets the eye.  Anyone who doesn’t understand the reference or get the joke will only read a story, everyone could…you get the idea.  Even when we try to be direct and to the point, we still risk being lost to the sands of time because words won’t mean the same thing in a hundred years.

The important thing is this: don’t be afraid to write what you know, make it work for you.  Build it in to any story you want to tell.

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