Five Great Quotes about ‘Write What You Know’

“If you don’t know it, don’t write it.” – Darrell Schweitzer

“It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.” – L. P. Hartley

“And as to experience – well, think how little some good poets have had, or how much some bad ones have.” – Elizabeth Bishop

“Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down.” – W. B. Kinsella

“Most beginning writers (and I was the same) are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they’ve never tasted themselves. How can you make a great (or even an adequate) bouillabaisse if you’ve never had any? If you don’t really understand why people read mysteries (or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever), then there’s no way in the world you’re going to write one that anyone wants to publish.” – Daniel Quinn