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  • #31
    Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

    I agree. You can't aspire to write only what you know. Fewer scripts would sell. And worst of all, we'd have no E.T.
    "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
    -Maya Angelou

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    • #32
      Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

      Write what interests you to write.

      What's so complicated about this?
      "Ecco il grande Zampano!"

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      • #33
        Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

        The complication is in the inadequecy.
        "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
        -Maya Angelou

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        • #34
          Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

          Originally posted by WriteByNight View Post
          I agree. You can't aspire to write only what you know. Fewer scripts would sell. And worst of all, we'd have no E.T.


          I don't understand that statement at all.

          You don't need to be an alien in order to write about aliens. You just need to know how to write an alien into a story in a particular way with the intent of moving the audience in a particular way.

          That's what 'writing what you know' means.

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          • #35
            Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

            Originally posted by Biohazard View Post
            :You don't need to be an alien in order to write about aliens. You just need to know how to write an alien into a story in a particular way with the intent of moving the audience in a particular way.

            That's what 'writing what you know' means.
            I don't believe that to be true. Writing what you know is writing stories that grow out of your own life, environment and experiences. I don't think it refers in any way to your skills to move an audience, though it might be a vehicle to do so. And yes, a science fiction writer can be writing what she knows by imagining how an alien arrival would affect those in the world she knows.

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            • #36
              Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

              Writing what you know for me isn't about writing about things you are knowledgeable about, such as baseball or beekeeping or whatever. It's about exploring and writing about the human condition, our emotions, our ups and downs.

              Stories are about US, human beings, in all our glory, tragedy and craziness. Being human is a wonderful, wacky experience for all of us. And stories, good stories, share something of that experience, internal and external. Perhaps stories help us understand we are not alone.

              So you can write an alien version of Romeo and Juliet because you have experienced or can imagine young love - the intensity, the immaturity, the wonderfulness of discovering love for the first time and the incredible sadness of that first loss.
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              • #37
                Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

                I agree. You can't aspire to write only what you know. Fewer scripts would sell. And worst of all, we'd have no E.T.
                ET's simply a "boy and his dog" story with an alien in place of the dog. Plenty of people know how to write a good boy and his dog story. What makes it a truly memorable movie is using something people know from personal experience in visual story nobody's ever seen before.

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                • #38
                  Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

                  Wonderfully put, Jenny.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

                    I don't know LeBron James, but I am an admirer.

                    Let's say LeBron writes a script about a busload of nuns who are kidnapped by an alien spaceship. Let's also say he knows no nuns, has never got himself to a nunnery. It just seemed to him like a cool idea.

                    A friend reads the script and tells him the dialogue and reactions don't ring true. He should write what knows.

                    LeBron does a rewrite. Instead of nuns, he packs the bus with young athletes. Now the script sings because the reactions of athletes, what they say and aspire to rings true and makes it REAL.

                    That is writing what you know and failing this is a mistake a lot of young writers make, setting their stories in environments and among people they know nothing about.

                    Which is not to say LeBron could not write a story about nuns. I'm sure he could.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

                      This is why research was invented.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Don't write what you know or like... Write what you can!

                        KNOW what you write. Research.

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