Become the Expert

POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

Become the Expert

I’ve heard many many times that a writer should write what they know. If you know romance, write romance. If you know children, write for children. If you mystery and murder . . .

Well then there’s the other side of the argument which says, “Write outside of the box. Expand your horizons.” Learn space travel. Learn brain surgery or international spying or mystery and murder . . .

The point is this. You can write what you know while you broaden your horizons. The answer is at your local library, or even better, in your computer.

Research.

You have a great idea that screams for attention. But you’ve never been to a fortune teller, or outer space or a battlefield or in a failing love affair. You can learn these things by reading books on the subjects, or “google” them and add a new expertise to your ever growing education.

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.

Nandy Ekle

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