“Write What You Know?” REALLY????

After some massively fun recharging of the old writer spirit at RWA National, I came back to my day-to-day inspired and motivated. My word count has soared from zilch to piss-poor. I’ll get there! But, as we all know, once The End is typed, it’s time to start thinking about the next book. At this point in my life, that’s a challenge, to say the least. Normally, I’m a big believer in the old “write what you know” adage, but these days, I’d better not take that advice TOO literally. If I did, my next work in progress might get a little weird. Keep in mind, this is all still at the brainstorming stage.

If I literally write what I know….

1. My heroine would have throw-upon her leg.

2. Her sidekick would be a toddler whose shriek can be heard from space.

3.  The setting is poolside. The pool is green, but whatev.

4. The romance plot would be an illicit May-December affair. Not too, too out there? Oh. Right. I forgot to mention that the lovers are canine. And it gets graphic.

5. For mystery and suspense, there’s “where is that smell coming from?” Spoiler alert: see idea number one.

6. The villain is Time, and he’s a damn dirty thief!


So, let’s take a moment to let the awesomeness of that potential blockbuster sink in… Okay, then. Now, I’m going to thank my lucky stars that while I write what I know whenever I can, it doesn’t have to be quite that literal! So what kind of craziness would your “write what you know” brainstorming session cook up?


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