Monday, June 04, 2012

On Writing What You Know

How wonderful is this? I'll tell you. It is wonderful.

"Every writer is faced with the same question: do you write about what you know or what you don't know? Some of my writing students, particularly my undergraduates, err to one extreme or the other. They write simply what they know, which is a transcript of Friday night's keg party, or simply what they don't know, which is Martians. What they need to do—and here I'm quoting a former writing teacher of mine—is write what they know about what they don't know or what they don't know about what they know. In other words, they want the advantages of both closeness and distance."
From Risk by Joshua Henkin in the new Glimmer Train Bulletin.

Thanks to Jane Friedman for the link.

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