Do you remember the advice given to all would be fiction authors? Write what you know? I was just wondering, how much is that adhered to? Should it be adhered to?
Do you think that Stephen King has actually experienced all of that freaky stuff. How about the romance novelists? Do you think they actually live their lives in a world wind of perfect sensual delights. Do you think Rodenberry actually visited uncharted worlds where all the women were young, beautiful, and wore belly baring tops, mini skirts, and gogo boots? Not likely. Now that's imagination for you.
Could it be that we weren't meant to take the advice so literally? Was it meant to warn us against writing about a someone in Morocco knowing full well we've hardly even been out of the state?
Whatever it means, I think it's bad advice.
For many of us, the very act of writing about the unknown and untried is cathartic and liberating. Through writing, particularly when developing a character, we learn more about ourselves...the type of person we do and don't want to be.
When we write what we don't know, we are forced to seek out new information and ask questions. It is called research.
Write what you know? How confining, poor, and stagnant.
What do you think?