A lot of people will tell you that to be successful as a writer, that
you should always "Write What You Know." Depending on which writers you
talk to, this idea is either lifechangingly brilliant, or pure,
unadulterated, greeting card bullshit. I guess I'd say I stand
somewhere in the middle.
I will admit that in the beginning, I tried to "write what I knew", but
it didn't take me long to realize that I didn't know much about
anything anyone cared about. No worries though; I just decided to
modify the phrasing slightly so it would apply to me, and then used
that as my writing mantra.
So: "Write What You Know" became "Write a few worthwhile paragraphs on
a random topic like before becoming bored and simply cluttering-up the
remainder of the article with irrelevant rants, tiring nonsequitors,
and run on sentences so long that a lot of the time upon reaching the
end you'll be lost entirely and yet too indifferent to care".
All-in-all, I'd say things worked out pretty well so far. Oh, and also,
on a semi-related related note: Below this intro you'll find an article
in which I good-naturedly complain about oddly specific things which
If you could find the time to look through it for me, I'd really be