How wonderful is this? I'll tell you. It is wonderful.
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
From Risk by Joshua Henkin in the new Glimmer Train Bulletin.
Thanks to Jane Friedman for the link.