How many times have you heard the advice, “write what you know”?
Likely it came from a well-meaning English teacher or peer in your writing circle. If you’re going to write, the argument goes, doesn’t it make sense to stick to things already in your wheelhouse?
In a lot of cases, probably yes. I mean, no one has beaten down my door asking me to write pieces on astrophysics or history. Those endeavors would probably end with an imaginary first-person account of Galileo’s weird nighttime hobbies, or a Lifetime channel-ready screenplay called What Really Went Down with John Smith –– The Untold Pocahontas Tale.
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Writing allows you to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper or an electronic device.
When we write, our goal is to express our vivid thoughts in a disciplined manner. The images that we see in our head must be verbalized in a manner that brings them into a reality.
Look at George R.R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as Game of Thrones was about a vast world that existed only within his mind. His imagination created this huge world full of magic, political scheming, and hundreds of characters interwoven into an epic story.
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I should be writing.
I should be writing something right now.
We’ve all had that niggling feeling lurking behind our carefree enjoyment.
You’re lying in bed. Or making some toast. Or drawing little pictures of your dream house. Or doing something really quite important, like sorting all your books according to the colours of their spines.
Writer’s block. Even reading the words gives you chills.
It’s the bane of every writer’s existence. It keeps us up at night, tossing, turning and agonizing over those few more words we need to put on the page before our book, blog, or report is finished.
But I’m here to tell you something, folks: writer’s block isn’t actually a thing.
That’s right. Writer’s block doesn’t exist. It’s a made-up concept that people tell themselves to get out of writing.
It’s nothing more than an excuse.