People always say to write what you know. And that’s great, but then your novel would be pretty limited, wouldn’t it?
I find writing to be a great opportunity to write about something you don’t know. Find something that interests you that you never pursued and look into it more.
For example, when I was younger, before I decided to be a teacher and realized I wanted to write, I dreamed of being a spy or a detective. I had those play spy kits with notepads and pretend handcuffs and glasses that you would see behind you–the whole nine yards.
And look at me now: I write mystery novels. I’ve studied the police exam to get a feel of what it’s like. I solve puzzles and riddles in mystery video games (one where I’m a defense lawyer). I have books where I study what it’s like to be a police…
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