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“Write What You Know”

By On Sep 7 2012, 8:23 am

One of the oldest pieces of writing advice is "Write what you know." It makes sense, to a certain degree: you can certainly write with passion as well as expertise on subjects you know well. But writing also requires imagination, creativity, and in some cases good research, which is why many authors can write compelling stories about places they've never been or worlds that have never actually existed.

I, however, have always preferred writing what I know. That's why I write contemporary romance. I like using settings and characters based on people and places I can at least realistically imagine. One recent weekend, I went back to my childhood hometown to visit my mom but also to hear Amy Dickinson speak about her best-selling memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville. She's the writer of the column "Ask Amy", and she grew up in a very small town about 20 miles from mine. Her book in large part is about the comforts of home, and the details about her memories growing up in a small town reminded me why I love my own.

I love my hometown because after Amy's talk, I walked out of the Methodist Church where it had been held onto the village green, which sits in the center of town, surrounded on one side by three churches and the elementary school, and the other side by Main Street and the library and the firehouse. I love my hometown because I walked to my mom's house from there, about a mile straight down Main Street. I passed the bench where I kissed my first boyfriend. I passed the house where I broke up with my second one. I passed the bank where I opened my first checking account, the clothing store where you can buy anything from gloves to overalls to a bathing suit, the minister's house, the Town Hall where I used to go with my mom when she voted. I traced the route I used to run as a member of the junior high track team, and the super-wide street where I practiced 3-point turns with my dad before my driver's test. I passed the elementary school playground where I played tag at 8 during recess and years later drank winecoolers at 21 after midnight.

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April Showers Bring…Romance?

By On Mar 29 2012, 9:00 am

Those proverbial April showers are right around the corner, although in my neck of the woods (northeastern U.S.), the flowers they usually bring have popped out of the ground a couple months early, thanks to an awfully mild winter. Still, as I sit here writing this blog post, the clouds are gathering outside, and rain [...]

Why I’ll Never Quit my Day Job

By On Oct 19 2011, 9:00 am

“Don’t quit your day job.” It’s a familiar mantra, one that’s delivered with a wry grin or a touch of snark, or maybe just good nature, depending on who’s saying it. Of course, for many who dream, quitting their day job to pursue a true love (say, you know, writing full-time comfortably and without worry [...]

Summer’s song

By On May 21 2011, 6:21 pm

“Race you to the water!” Rachael shouted and pulled off her bikini top.   “Oh, God.” Summer watched Rachael dart away and buried her face in her hands. Eight, eighteen, or twenty-eight, her best friend didn’t seem to have a problem taking off her clothes. Maybe that came from growing up on the water.   [...]

The Best Gifts of All

By On Dec 25 2010, 10:31 am

Yesterday my husband said to me, “I hate shopping for Christmas.” I thought he was probably just tired of fighting the crowds, or searching in the basement for more wrapping paper, or checking the refrigerator to make sure we have enough to feed everyone who’s coming over today. But then he told me what he [...]

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