“Write What You Know” Is the Worst Advice for Writers, and Here’s Why

I was fifteen years old when I took my first workshop classes in verse (poetry), fiction and playwriting. Poetry was always my strong suit. I’ve always enjoyed playing with alliteration, slant rhymes and creating metaphors are my guilty pleasure. When it came to my other two workshop classes – fiction and playwriting – I would always struggle. My character development was weak; I had no idea how...

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Below is a piece I wrote my senior year of high school. Honestly, I wrote this a couple hours before my deadline. I was instructed to experiment with parentheses and long sentences. – Dahv   “Step back, See how the line intersect after –” (The green scarf slipped down her shoulders. Her hands – flat, in front of her face, frayed, fingers apart – Touched her mouth; Legs bent, torso...