What do you know? You might say,” Not much” but everyone knows lots of things and not just about their profession.
Beginning writers are constantly told to write about what they know. The obvious assumption is that means, “I’m a school teacher, electrician, brain surgeon, I’ll write about school teaching, electrical wiring, brain surgery.” Fine. You need that inside info to make your settings and characters work lives sound authentic. Thorough research is essential and with the internet relatively easy these days.
But you know so much more than facts and figures. We all do.
Unless you want to write a technical manual or a history of one of the above, you’ll need to add some emotion. In fact lots of emotion. And we all know about emotion.
We’ve all cried our hearts out when we were dumped by the love of our lives. We’ve all been so angry we were speechless, we’ve all laughed till our stomachs ached, been so overwhelmed with happiness we’ve cried, been grief stricken, been in pain of one sort or another even if only stubbing a toe or jamming a finger in a drawer. We’ve all been so bitterly disappointed we thought we wouldn’t survive another day, been so excited we couldn’t sleep, been worried sick, been sick, or woken in a cold sweat from a nightmare.
We’ve all experienced all these emotions to varying degrees. Use them. Remember how it felt when your best friend went to a party you weren’t invited to or when someone gave you a gift that took your breath away it was so perfect. Remember it all and use it in your writing.
What do you know?