Thursday's Thought: Writing What You Do Know or Don't Know?
"Write what you know" is a saying for writers that means we should write what we already have knowledge about or have experienced. For example, someone who may have had to put their child up for adoption before obviously could write about the topic, since they have lived through the emotions themselves. Or if you have a degree in history, then the historical fiction genre would probably best suit you.
I believe writing what you know is not a bad idea. That's what I am doing by writing fiction in the young adult genre, since I'm able to see clearly from the perspective of a teen today (because, well, I am one). But what about the freedom of writing to learn - not just writing from experienced situations, but writing to learn about a certain topic or situation? Writing is an adventure - you can explore places you have never been before, learn about things you've never quite understood, and put yourselves in someone else's shoes for a change.
What is your opinion of the advice "write what you know"?
Do you write to explore, or write to share what you already know?
Do you think fiction seems more real if the author writes what he/she has experienced?