The usual advice given to fiction writers is “write what you know”.
There are several excellent reasons for setting your story in a place you know well. Here are seven of them:
- If you close your eyes, you can be there
- You know what the place smells like, feels like, sounds like
- You know about the people who live there – their culture, beliefs, fears, dreams and aspirations
- You know exactly what it looks like during the day, at night, and every hour in between
- You know where the animals roam, where the rubbish goes, what happens in the park, the streets, the fields, the community places
- You know the history of the place – its near and distant past, and its secrets
- You can write about it with feeling from your gut.
Have you set your story in a place you know? I’d love to hear from you! Please add your comments below. 🙂
Love to you all,
P.S. Next week we’ll be taking a look at some reasons why you might not want to set your story in a place you know… You can subscribe here, to make sure you don’t miss it!