They say, “Write what you know,” and they are always right. At least as far as this is concerned. I started outlining the plot of a book I want to write and was amazed by how much comes directly from my own experiences, even if they are then used as a springboard to something else. When I described a bar, I thought of the Flatiron in Greensboro. When I chose a place for a breakup, I said, “Alaska.” When choosing the name for the lead male, I chose the name of someone I had toured twice with. And when I created the female love interest, even though I didn’t choose anyone I’ve ever dated/had feelings for, she is based off a woman I have deep admiration and respect for. The funny part? None of it was intentional.
No, I’m not writing anything biographical, but parts of my biography creep in, don’t they? I don’t think “Write what you know,” is so much of an instruction, a limiting command. I think it’s more of a comforting assurance. “Don’t worry, you will write what you know.”