You've heard it said, "Write what you know." How limiting! There's a cosmic world accessed through your imagination!
Write what you know? This is not only boring but contradictory to the basic core of creativity, which by definition brings into being that which has not been before. If you write from what you know, if you remain slavish to the facts of what happened you are writing out of your conscious mind and will remain stuck in the straitjacket of your conscious perception of “reality.”
That said, there is nothing wrong with using your life or any aspect of your experiences as a jumping off point or as a doorway into the unconscious. The key is not to be slavish to the known. Rather we need to have out writer’s antenna out for the doorway into the unknown and the unseen.
Gertrude Stein put it this way: “You cannot go into the womb to form the child... What will be best in it (your writing) is what your really do not know now. If you knew it all it would not be creation but dictation."
And my favorite from Lily Tomlin: "What's reality? Nothing but a collective hunch!"
Create a new reality! That's what fiction writers do! :)
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