Write what you know: An author’s dilemma

There is an old adage in the literary world that states, “Write what you know“, but is that merely a suggestion or a rock-solid rule? While many writers stand firmly behind this statement, there are several thing to take in consideration before doing so yourself. The choice is yours, and only yours to make, and there is no shame in attempts to break free from a traditional writing style.

Familiarity or Freedom

 Begin by asking yourself a simple question: Which do you value more, Familiarity or Freedom?

  While it may seem convenient to stick with familiar genres and subject matters, you may eventually find that your writing can become stale, less exciting. In fact, many readers may agree – “Been there, done that.” Ultimately, every writer must make this choice; however in choosing to break away and explore areas that less familiar, you are awarding yourself the opportunity to be more creative.

The Growth Factor

 The second thing to consider is whether you want to stay where you are, or grow in your craft. If you decide to venture into uncharted waters, you can expect several things to happen:

  As you can see, there are many advantages to expanding away from your normal routine. New genres and subject matters will require a bit of research, patience, and additional time to your daily workload. However, the benefits greatly outweigh the familiarity you are leaving behind.