Write What You Know

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We hear this often, but what does it really mean? It certainly doesn’t mean you can’t write thing outside your realm of personal experience (though things you relate to personally will be stronger stories for you). What it means is you should write things you understand. No, that doesn’t mean no fantasy or sci-fi.

The genre I write most in is historical fantasy. I love dragons, faeries, knights, princesses, kings… etc. For me “write what you know” means taking my degree in history and my understanding of real-world medieval history and applying it. My characters most often will use proper weapons for the time period, have views at least somewhat appropriate to the time period, wear clothing that fits the time period… getting my drift? It also means I’ll never write a medieval romance about Scotland where the men wear kilts (yep, they were a Renaissance invention).

I’ve always felt…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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