“One of the dumbest things you were ever taught was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull. Remember when you first wanted to be a writer? Eight or ten years old, reading about thin-lipped heroes flying over mysterious viny jungles toward untold wonders? That’s what you wanted to write about, about what you didn’t know. So. What mysterious time and place don’t we know?” [Remember This: Write What You Don’t Know (New York Times Book Review, December 31, 1989)]” ― Ken Kesey

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  1. When I decided to become a writer I had no idea where to start, so I took a Creative Writing course in a local college. I was told to write what I know. After thinking about it for a week I came to the conclusion- I don’t know anything. Desperately searching around for something I DID know, I remembered an old girlfriend I knew back in The Eighties. It was a good memory, even though the affair didn’t end well, sI started writing. One hundred pages later I took my writing back to the class and showed them what I had done. Oh NO! they said, you NEVER write about old girlfriends! It will just turn into a rant- that bitch did this…she did me wrong…etc etc. NOW you tell me, I said. Why the hell didn’t you tell me that BEFORE? I liked some of what I had written and decided to press on. 160k words later Rhonda was born, and I am glad I persevered, despite all the obstacles and setbacks.

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