There’s an old saying,”Write what you know.”
I think it means writers should stick to their area of expertise or experience. In order to be authentic we shouldn’t try and present something we’re not; we should, therefore, write only what we truly know.
But I don’t know much.
Sure, I have a bit of world experience—and I am endlessly curious about all manner of subjects (my out-of-control website bookmarks are testament to how easily I find something interesting), but knowledge, as in facts, always seems to me a little open to interpretation.
Take historical facts for example.
In high-school ‘Australian History’ I was taught Captain James Cook ‘discovered’ Australia. But when I grew up I learned a lot of people were exploring the Great Southern Land long before the Brits boarded her. The ab-original folk had discovered the gum-trees, kookaburras and kangaroos thousands of years before the Cook, his crew and their lovers.
And it’s not just history that changes with time (and the victor’s account), all fields of knowledge are littered with facts which later became fiction.
Once upon a time people agreed the world was flat. Then facts changed.
So the fact ‘facts’ change makes me wonder about all sorts of things people say they ‘know’. Especially when some of those people are willing to kill others for not believing what they ‘know’.
But I can love the stories. I can love humanities need to explain itself. And that’s what todays Write Thought Tee is really all about.
“I write what I love—‘cause what do I really know?”
I write what I love. And, besides the spiritual texts and mythologies that inspired them, what else do I love?
Without coming off like a Miss Universe contestant I must say it’s the simple things in life: walking in the sunshine; standing under an umbrella with my love while it rains; watching my baby girls discover what grass feels like underfoot, and so much more.
There is so much I love. So I write about that.
Because what do I really know?
N.B. If you enjoyed this post you might also like these other Write Thought Tees:
No. 2 – Brevity is the soul of Twit
No. 3 – How to write for one person