If you are writing non-fiction, the common phrase to “write what you know” is actually sound advice. You need to be an expert if you are going to advise others on a certain topic. However, this is often wrong if you want to write fiction. There are so many instances in fiction that require authors to work outside their expertise. To learn something new and explore topics they had never thought interesting.
Ley and Leigh discuss the reasons why “write what you know” is soundly bad advice for fiction writers and how to go about writing those things you don’t know.
First aired March 4, 2021.