So you want to write a book? You have an idea, so now what? I have read so many fantastic books through my life so far. I have read romance, mystery, crime and historical novels and the one thing they have in common is that the author makes the act of writing a book look so easy… of course, it isn’t. It can be rewarding and fun but can be frustrating; sometimes banging your head against a brick wall seems more productive than trying to complete the word count you’re trying to write.
Writing what you know may in many ways make it easier, right? Does it though? Yes, I think in some ways it can. Having previous knowledge of something adds depth to a plot or character.
A piece of advice I have heard a few times as I start out is “write what you know.” BUT, I think this needs to be heeded with caution. A debut crime novel from a new writer doesn’t mean that they have experienced the crimes held within first hand. There is no way you could know about a historical novel unless you research events – well, unless you have a time machine. I say if writing what you know suits your idea, then that is great but it shouldn’t mean you miss the opportunity to write about a new subject that interests you.
What are your thoughts? Are you a first time author? How are you approaching your novel – are you writing about what you know? Are you a more experienced author? What do you think?
Novel Kicks is a blog for story tellers and book lovers.