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You Know More than You Think You Do: A New Look at "Write What You Know"

By: Mark Farrington
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3
Date: Summer 1997

Summary: The writer shows a way that a visualization exercise can help writers respond to the perennial writing advice: Write what you know.

 

Excerpt

This is my way of defining that statement, "write what you know." I describe the picture that's in my head right now. I write down the words that the voice in my head is speaking, the one idea that's clear to me at the moment.

We all have stories inside us. Stories are not made like tables, where you assemble all the materials and tools around you and then cut and shape to put those materials together. Stories are not made from the outside but from within. The writer's goal is to find a way to bring these stories out, to discover what we know.

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