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Write What You Know by Cindy Tomamichel

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I generally dislike the advice ‘write what you know’ since it conjures up mages of creative writing classes writing about having coffee and writing or similar boring literary scenes. Where is the space for flights of fancy, of flying rainbow pooping unicorns or space battles in the year 3121? Do sentient cats get a look in, or cybernetic dogs, or… Well, you get the picture.

However, on a small scale it does have merit. An experience that you have can be slotted into any sort of novel. I remember reading ‘Murder in Mesopotamia’ by Agatha Christie and marvelling at the depth of detail that perfectly described the daily life of an archaeologist. Of course, she knew – she married one and spent time on digs. This time she no doubt ploughed for her novels ‘Death on the Nile’ and “They came to Bagdad’.
For myself, I have worked underground as a geologist, so I have a romance book with a female geologist and an archaeologist which uses some of this career. (Rocky Road to Love). But I also have an unpublished scifi set on an underground mining planet full of predatory mutants and lethal female mercenaries. Totally different books, but they both use my personal experiences as a mine geologist.

Or it might be a person you met. Not necessarily someone you hate and kill off in a gory fashion, but a habit, a look or an actor. For one of my SMP Druids Portal books, I relaxed watching (way too often) Aquaman movie trailers, and so my hero looked a lot like Jason Moama, and I had to retrofit a grandson to be physically bigger, and joke about an unknown giant in their ancestry, as he was bigger than his parents. Another book I was writing and went to a music gig at a pub, and the character walked across the room and into my novel and acquired a name from a song. It was a magical moment.

So you can write what you know, but not verbatim, obviously. How far can your imagination twist your own experiences? Quite a distance! Otherwise, my novels would feature a crazy cat lady and her love of cardigans, rather than action adventures in time and space.

Cindy Tomamichel is a multi-genre writer. Escape the everyday with the time travel action adventure series Druid’s Portal, science fiction / fantasy and romance short story collections. Discover worlds where the heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes earn that title the hard way.

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Website: https://www.cindytomamichel.com/
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No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Happy Monday! It is time for the No Wasted Ink Top-Ten writing links! These are articles of use to the science fiction and fantasy author. I hope you enjoy them!

Elmer Bernstein at 100

Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest Winners

I Feel Funny: Humor Writing Tips for Novelists

The Importance of Putting Yourself into Your Scripts

On Launching Nonfiction Books for Writers

Five Secondary Character Arcs to Strengthen Your Cast

Get, or Keep, a Life

14 Tips for Dealing With the Passage of Time in a Story

Is It a Problem for a Disability to Be Integral to the Plot?

Foreshadowing: A Revision Skill to Love

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to No Wasted Ink’s Writer Links. I have selected a top-ten of writing craft articles for the science fiction and fantasy author. This week features plenty of craft articles and a history lesson about one of the Big Three grandmasters of science fiction: Robert A. Heinlein. I hope you enjoy the articles!

How to Make Money as a Freelance Writer: 15 Writing Business Essentials

The challenges of writing a long series & Guardian of Monsters

What the Heinleins Told the 1950 Census

Romancing SFF: When Making the Connection Makes the Book

Revolutions and Why They Fail

Protesting through Poetry: Embrace Your Inner Poet-Activist!

6 Ways to Craft Spectacular Set-Piece Scenes

Fiction Filler: Bloated Writing Makes Readers Sick

One Quick Reason Readers Cheer For Unlikable Characters

It’s About Time: Backstory, Flashback, and Chronology

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Happy Monday! It is time for another top-ten writing related articles to help you start your writing week off right. As I surf the web, I earmark certain articles that I personally find useful or interesting and pass them on to you here. Enjoy!

Five Reasons to Start a Morning Writing Routine

9 Ways to Approach Relationship Dynamics in Fiction

Do You Need Quiet or Noise to Do Your Best Writing?

Tips for Submitting Short Stories

Pace Yourselves

How to Write Jokes

Seven voices – how to write a novel in multiple points of view

Spinning a Yarn out of History: How to Craft a Plot from your Historical Obsession

Do Blurbs Actually Work?

Books In 10 Years: Will Books Become Obsolete?

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome back to another Monday of No Wasted Ink Writers Links. I have an interesting batch for you this week full of writing tips to start you off right!

So You Want to Bury A Body: Grave Digging for Writers

Draft Day, or Learning to Celebrate Your Manuscript

How To Start Writing

Making Story Structure Your Own

Word Count Goals for the Three Acts of Your Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book

Something Else for Authors to Deal With–Harassment

An Easy (Easier) Way to Build a Series Bible

Five Common Weapon Mistakes in Speculative Fiction

Some Practical Notes for Publishers on Readers with ALS

What You Need to Trademark Your Personal Name