Opinion: Write what you know?
If that’s true, right now I should be creating a fantastic novel all about a middle-aged woman. I can see the plot developing as she goes shopping, does the housework and sees to the everyday needs of her husband and child … ooh, and the exciting climax, the unexpected twist at the end, where she spends her day on Facebook crushing candy!
Now, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty certain Agatha Christie didn’t murder too many people (though in my humble opinion, disputed by millions, she did kill off the art of good detective stories!). Did George Orwell fraternise with talking farm animals? And unless she’s holding one of the world’s best-kept secrets, JK Rowling has never met a class of young wizards!
Of course we can’t all write only about our personal experiences. If we did, nobody would ever have the chance to meet dragons, visit other worlds or travel back in time. We’d never leave our humdrum little lives at all. For that is what reading fiction is all about.
No, my friends, we can’t always stick to the comfort zone of familiarity. We were given the seeds of imagination for a reason. They should be nurtured, cultivated and, most importantly, shared.
Now I must go and look after my family … or maybe I’m off for a chat with a couple of pigs before they murder one of my little warlock friends!
Lucy Murray gave up running a successful Mobile Zoo business to be a full-time carer for her husband, who is ill, and her daughter who has Down’s syndrome. She is currently attempting to complete 50 wacky challenges before her 50th birthday. You can find out more at www.50by50.co.uk
Lucy Murray gave up running a successful Mobile Zoo business to be a full-time carer for her husband, who is ill, and her daughter who has Down’s syndrome. She has written about her experiences in The Dippy Zookeeper, available from Amazon.