To celebrate the release of my novel this week, several bloggers have asked me to post my blog entries on writing as guest posts on their blogs.
Last week I wrote about the writing advice “write what you know” on the Beth Fish Reads blog.
The post begins like this:
The idea that you should write what you know has always made me nervous. It’s embarrassing how little I know. Whenever I’m invited to play Trivial Pursuit, I fake a groin injury. If someone asks me a question that requires any kind of practical experience in the answer, I begin to cough, or if that doesn’t work, I’ll cry. I’ve gone into labor to avoid admitting I don’t know how to get to Main Street.
To compound this problem, I don’t enjoy research. The word archival gives me a rash, and if someone even points at an encyclopedia, I need to swallow half a bottle of Tums.
I have very little to offer in the way of useful knowledge or advice, and even if I did have anything helpful to say, I’d probably spill something hot on myself before I had a chance to say it.
So you can see why writing a novel was hard for me.
If the topic interests you, you can read the full post, where I discuss how I tried to deal with these shortcomings, on the Beth Fish blog: http://bfishreads.blogspot.com/2010/07/spotlight-on-justin-kramon.html