Moving Beyond, “Write What You Know”

Writ­ing is a great chal­lenge for many peo­ple even to write about sub­ject mat­ter that is famil­iar to them, yet a good writer will from time to time be asked to write beyond what they know, I pro­vide a link today to a great arti­cle, writ­ten a cou­ple of years ago, by writer Mar­i­lyn Davies about the chal­lenge she faced was asked to write about a sub­ject she was unfa­mil­iar with. The chal­lenge is that writ­ing about what you know almost becomes sec­ond nature once you have become a writer and have cho­sen to reg­u­lar­ly con­tribute through a blog, pro­fes­sion­al jour­nal, etc.

It is like a zool­o­gist being asked to dis­cuss botany, of course they know some­thing about the sub­ject, because they know ani­mals eat and inter­act with plants, they know about plants, but they do so from a dif­fer­ent aspect. A writer knows how to use words because they use them all the time. Mar­i­lyn Davies is an addic­tion spe­cial­ist, which is large­ly what she wrote about, until one day being asked to write about writ­ing, the rest is history…

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2 Replies to “Moving Beyond, “Write What You Know””

  1. Marilyn L. Davis says: Reply

    Hi, Peter; thanks for reblog­ging this — missed this ear­li­er this month. Don’t want you to think I’m ungrate­ful for your support.

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      Mar­i­lyn, It is sim­ply not pos­si­ble to see every­thing the sec­ond it is pub­lished. I am glad to re-blog. I have deiced­ed re-blog­ging is a good way to keep my site going, even when I am unable to write a new post.

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