Writing What you Know? …Please

I’ve disliked this phrase for a long time. But instead of tossing it away with the rubbish, this week I explored deeper. I delved into its meaning, finding its benefits but also finding precisely what it lacks:

 

“Creative Foundations: The Controversy of Writing What You Know”

‘Write what you know’ is a hackneyed maxim. When people learn that I’m a writer, they grasp onto the one thing they know about writing. They ask, ‘write what you know’—that’s a thing, right? And I tell them yes. Kind of….READ MORE

“Creative Foundations: Multi-Media Inspiration”

Writers don’t need to go into the world to tell their stories, do they? Just as artists are stereotyped as mentally imbalanced—Van Gogh’s ear comes up in that conversation a lot—writers are stereotyped as recluses. We type away at our desks…..READ MORE

 

What has your experience been with this overused advice? Has it helped you or limited you? 

From the Forge: Dear Mom, You are the Bravest Storyteller I Know

i_love_u_mom_by_asinevenisa-d5cjo58As a young married woman, I’m barraged with advice. My volunteer advisors fall into two camps: the enjoy-your-honeymoon-while-you-can and the have-kids-now-they’re-amazing.

Many tell me to wait five or more years to ensure that I’ve had all of the fun and travel that I can stomach. They talk as though children are the end of the world, the death of the faerie tale’s happily ever after. In some way they’re right, because my times of complete freedom will be over once I take that step. But according to the pro-children faction, freedom is overrated. They urge me to have kids—the sooner the better—because they know the joy of creating life….

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From the Forge: Interview with Animator Mary Jane Whiting

maryjanewhiting_PortraitThe world needs more storytellers like Mary Jane Whiting. A talented artist, she is excited to share fun stories and encourage others along the way. Instead of spilling everything about her here, I might as well let her speak for herself! Without much prompting, she jumped right into the interview:

I was born in Texas and moved to Florida to major in Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art and Design where I’m a Junior. I’m a chai tea enthusiast, certified workaholic (but it’s more like fun than work) and my passion is visual development artwork for animation. I’m currently working on pre-production for my senior film. The process includes doing all of the concept design, visual development artwork as well as storyboards. At the same time, I’m working on a lip-sync project of myself as an animated character.

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