A Nova Scotia Artist & Author

A Nova Scotia Artist & Author

Thoughts on Writing What You Know

I’m an observer of human behaviour – a detective of motive, consequences, and choices. Puzzling out the “why” is important to me. This part of my own character has served me well as an educator and may explain my love of solving mysteries. If I had a knack for other languages and jumping from moving trains, I might have pursued a career in secret intelligence (or maybe I did and can’t tell you!)

When writing, once I know the “why” of the project, other details can be gathered and researched even if they are not in my own experience and knowledge base. When I started writing Oak Island Revenge, my propelling thought was, “What if a perceived tragedy in a community was a certain kind of justice?” From there, I gathered details about living in Western Shore during the 50’s to put the meat on the bones of the story.

A writing mentor once told me that I could write anything if I put my mind to it. I actually think this is possible for anyone who has the desire to write – once you know the “why.”



4 thoughts on “Thoughts on Writing What You Know”

  • Good post! I wondered something similar recently on my blog — is it better to write what we know, or branch out and take a risk? Personally, I agree with you — once you understand the subject, the point of view, we can gather what we need through research and talking to experts in that area.

    • Hi Louisa,
      Thanks for reading and for your comment! I stopped by your blog and see you are from North Carolina. I recently visited Charlotte and also the Nu Wray Inn in Burnsville.
      ~ Cynthia

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