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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

At the write place...

Hello Gentle Readers,

Why do we set our stories where we do? The big thing every writer is told, is WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. Which is good advice. Except, what do you do when the story burning inside you is something beyond what you know?

What do you do when that story is somewhere you've never been? Or a place you don't know that much about? What do you do when you have to write what you DON'T KNOW?

In that case, it's time to take a step back, relax, and realize it's OK. It's fine to write what you don't know. But, you need to learn about it. You need to treat your writing like a detective. Investigate, explore the facts, and study the little details.

And if all else fails, just make up the location entirely. It worked for Batman.

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