Write what you know – or not

by Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

When you’re starting out as a writer, you get a common piece of advice: write what you know.

6067028560_bc1e61fc0e_zOn a certain level, this makes sense. You’re just starting. You’re figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Keeping things familiar can make that easier. Maybe you tap into the emotions of your past, or your family experiences, or your hometown. And that’s cool – up to a point. Beyond that point, you’re actually doing yourself – and your reader a disservice. And here’s why. Continue reading “Write what you know – or not”

Growing and stretching

by Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

Last weekend, I went to my annual writing retreat with my fellow Sisters in Crime. It was my third retreat and, as always, great fun. Our weekend instructor was Tim Esaias, and he provided not only tons of useful information, but made me laugh so hard Saturday night that my sides hurt. And he let me help with an impromptu self-defense demo Sunday morning, which is always fun. Continue reading “Growing and stretching”