Tip 1: Write about something you know

by richard on February 17, 2011

willow 300x214 Tip 1: Write about something you know

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings.

This might sounds surprisingly obvious, but many people feel they need to write about something ‘important’, or more often, current. The world is buying a lot of books about vampires at the moment, but that does not mean that you should write one as well. Perhaps you have a long time interest in the subject, and that’s okay, but if you don’t, it doesn’t make sense to try and become an expert now. Besides, by the time you complete your book, the fad might be over, and everyone is on to the ‘next big thing’. For the same reason, don’t try to predict the ‘next big thing’ either. If it’s not what you know about, you probably won’t write a terribly good book, and you may find yourself competing against experts in the field.

So much of a novel comes from personal experiences, so it is important that you pick up on these and write about what you know. Remember, no-one has the same experiences you do, so your perspective will be unique. Your characters will probably be drawn from people you know also, as will places you take your readers to.

I think a major consideration for writing about what you know is that you will enjoy it more. Considering the chances of success with your book – and let’s face it, we have to be realistic here – you want to enjoy yourself while you spend all this time writing, right?

Richard Jagger formerly worked in the biotechnology industry, and has completed his first novel “The Cure“. Apart from writing his second novel, he works as a professional photographer. He has had two solo photographic exhibitions and one joint painting exhibition. Further information can be found at www.richardjagger.com

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