Write About What You Don’t Know

How to challenge yourself by pushing into new territory.

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But that is only the start…

What I mean by “write what you don’t know” is that your own experiential journey isn’t all chance. It’s not just that you were born into a nightmarish world like Anne Frank. She felt a desire to keep a record of it. She made a choice that echoed across generations and helps us understand a dark past.

Nothing beats going to a library when you need to find books.

Yes, Amazon’s algorithms will show you books that may interest you based on your current searches, but in a library the act of finding one book can lead you to uncovering treasures that you may never see on Amazon or in any digital form. Maybe it’s a book from the early 1900’s about the Jack the Ripper that was never digitized in any format. Just as with Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates”, you never know what you’re gonna get if you delve into the ancient shelves of institutions that have been around for over a century.

Next, you need to talk to people.

You’re not an expert yet, so now you need to find some experts. Look for online discussion forums for your subject. Use services like Meetup to find folks that might know a lot about what you want to know more of.

And finally, you need to GET OUT THERE.

When it comes to learning more and understanding a particular subject, immersing yourself is perhaps the most effective thing you can do. For a crime story, shadowing police officers or detectives (or even private investigators or bounty hunters) might give you some insights, as well as pure color, for your tale that you couldn’t have found in a book.

So write what you don’t know.

And then do your work as a writer, learn and feel something new, put it in context, and share it with the rest of us.

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