What should I write?
Write what you know.
Something I keep seeing is that you aren’t allowed to write what you don’t know.
It seems to me that your opinion doesn’t matter if you haven’t been in the situation of the person you’re writing about. And while that might be a bit true in that we can never fully understand what a person might do in a situation if we haven’t been through it as well. But just because we can’t fully understand it, that doesn’t mean we can’t try.
Writing is all about trying to understand things. We write to make order of chaos, to make beauty out of pain, to bring peace in a world where it seems like everyone is dying.
Don’t write what you know, my friends, write what you wish to see. Write about families, if you’re an only child. Write about orphans if you’re never alone. Write about assassins and spies and knights. Write about weavers and blacksmiths and royalty. Write stories that are so fantastic they could never happen. Write magic, write reality, write what makes your soul sing.
Write what you know? I’m a teenager, what do I actually know? As much as I can know, but I am young and the world is so. big. And I want to write about it. I want to write it and I want to write it well. But if I were to just write what I know, I wouldn’t be able to write stories. So research well, obviously, but don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t allowed to have an opinion on something just cause you weren’t there.
Part of being human is being able to make logical conclusions from facts.
Talk to people who’ve experienced what you want to write, if you can. Read about it, try to experience it yourself. There are plenty of people that are willing to have an open and honest conversation about what their experiences are like and how you can best represent them. Gather your facts, clear your mind of that message you saw or voice you heard that says “write what you know“.
But don’t be scared if you can’t get all the facts, either. Your characters, your book, they are unique. Your character will experience things in a different way than other people will, cause that’s how humanity works. It’s what makes stories so beautiful.
So what should I write?
Well, what do I know?
I know that the world is huge, that knowledge is encompassing, and I know that I am very small in the span of space and time. I know that stories have captured my heart since I was a kid, and I want my stories to capture other little kids’ hearts as well.