Experts say, “Write what you know,” and you will tap into some internal force to propel your writing. Anyone skeptical about that advice?
It does work.
Recently I was asked to pen an article about a diaper cake, (Baby Shower Cake: Craft a Handmade Treat), and I did just that. I wrote about the experience of handmade baby shower centerpieces. I see your eyes rolling. 🙂
Hence the photo.
After I finished the piece, I thought about a blog post based on those words, “Write what you know,” and decided it is a recommendation that truly holds weight. (Yeah, yeah, I’m probably preaching to the choir.)
Bear with me as I make my point. We each bring a sense of commonality to the writing experience. Yet there is a uniqueness we can draw upon: our individuality. Only you know how you see, think and feel.
When you create characters, you are drawing upon what you know, decorating it with what you may see others do, then dressing it up with your imagination. A pink ribbon here, yellow ribbon there.
You write from your perspective. You can do the same for your character.
Where specifically does the character live; what exactly does she eat?
Sprinkle handfuls of dialogue (or glitter) throughout because it is the best way to communicate your character’s voice and fill in details to keep your readers captivated.
If you view each component as necessary, your finished product will rise above your competitors. And you may take home a nice prize, worth bragging about.
Simply stated by David Huddle, “Write the story of the blizzard from the point of view of the single snowflake.”*
Or in the case of your gorgeous cake centerpiece, write it from the diaper’s perspective.
*Quote from THE GLIMMER TRAIN: Guide to Writing Fiction – Building Blocks (Writer’s Digest Books, 2006).