‘Write What You Know’ Is Bad Writing Advice IF YOU TAKE IT LITERALLY

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“Write what you know.”

It’s the one piece of writing advice we all receive at some point along our writing journeys. But does it actually mean what we think it means — and is it still “good” advice?

As you may or may not know, writing advice is tricky. It doesn’t always apply to every writer and it doesn’t necessarily mean to imply everyone should treat it the exact same way, even though that’s how most people end up interpreting it and passing it along to others.

Should you stick to writing only “what you know”? Yes — but not, it turns out, forever.

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