“Write what you know” messed me up as a writer for a long time but not anymore. I was conflicted because I thought Mark Twain’s adage meant I could only write with authenticity about experiences culled from my own life. But this morning, as I contemplated the third draft of my YA fantasy novel, I had an epiphany. My protagonist — a feisty, daredevil fifteen-year-old girl living in a magical, alternate world — might be very different from me, but she is exploring the great theme of my own life: Who am I? Why am I the way I am? Where do my people come from?
I am writing what I know.
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This is so interesting. When I write I personally write whatever comes to mind and there is no specific character that I would say is like me but instead, I feel like all the characters put together are a good representation of me if that makes sense?
Good luck with the writing!
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