Should Writers ‘Write What [They] Know?’ by Rebecca Rowland

Enjoy an exclusive guest post from Rebecca Rowland, author of “The Found Boys,” featured in our upcoming anthology ON TIME. It was January, one of the cruelest months in New England. The temperatures had been hovering in the teens most nights, and like other Massachusetts residents, I was turning up my thermostat and having second thoughts…

The Mask of Me by E.N. Dahl

People say, “Write what you know.” That’s terrible advice. Stephen King never went to prison, yet The Green Mile is highly acclaimed. Dean Koontz (probably) has no direct experience with time travel or quantum physics. Stephanie M. Wytovich has never, to my knowledge, been the madam of a brothel. Wrath James White likely never murdered anyone….

What You Know by Arlen Feldman

“Write what you know” is both the best and worst advice that is ever given to aspiring writers. It has spawned a million “I was staring at a blank screen” stories, and before that, “The blank page in the typewriter was glaring back at me,” stories and, for all I know, “The wax tablet was…