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How to Avoid the “Write What You Know” Trap

Writing ‘beyond’ what you know will lead to new knowledge and fresh ideas

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Most beginning creative writing course instructions begin with some version of the famous phrase “write what you know.” This pithy phrase keeps the 20-something-year-old skateboarders-turned-avante-garde-poets from adopting the narration of 80-something-year-old…

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