Don’t Write What You Know

Death_to_stock_photography_wild_10Here’s a great response to that advice chestnut (write what you know) from A. L. Kennedy. (Read the entire excerpt from her new book On Writing):

Rather better advice – should it be absolutely necessary to offer any – might well be: ‘Write about what interests you. Write about what excites you. Write about what speaks to you. Write about what obsesses you. Write about what you need to. Write about what outrages you. Write about what alarms you, but won’t leave you be. Write about what you love. Write about what you feel you may come to love. Write about what you can come to know.’

Don’t Write What You Know