Since I started this blog challenge, Friday, Jan 26th, my intention was to post 31 days in a row, with a daily minimum of 500 words. I’m okay with that. Finding topics however, proves to be somewhat…uh…challenging? (pun intended)
No one said the words have to be mine, so every Thursday, I will use words from other writers. That’s right. Author quotes.
Today, post 7 of 31, I start with one of my favourite. Former prime minister of the United Kingdom and novelist, Benjamin Disraeli, said:
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.
Back in 2009, when I decided to get serious about my writing, someone told me “write what you know.”
Are you kidding? Where’s the fun in that? Far be it from me to settle for what I know. I’m too curious. I took Disraeli’s advice and began to explore uncharted territory…to dig into the unknown.
My first novel, Stella’s Plea, was about a kidnapping. I talked to a couple of police officers, and asked a few questions when I wasn’t sure how they were going to handle certain situations. Overall, that one was easy to write.
My second, Emma’s Prayer, dealt with adoption, something I heard about often enough, but did I really know how it worked? I had no clue how much paperwork was involved, and the extensive process parents had to go through. I had a lot of work to do. Thanks to an amazing woman who works for an adoption agency, I was able to put this story together. I emailed her questions, and in her replies, she always gave in-depth, detailed information of what had to take place, and why.
My current WIP, Charlie’s Plight, starts with a house fire. I had a lot of research to do on that one. How do they investigate the cause of a fire? Hypothetically speaking, what if they suspect arson, or even murder, how do they determine that? My biggest question: Can fire investigators lift prints from smoke damaged items, such as a doorknob or a table, that the fire never touched? I met with the fire chief, and also spoke to a good friend of ours who’s a lieutenant at the local fire department. Both were quite helpful, answering all my questions.
It’s okay to write about what’s familiar to you. You don’t have to dig into the unknown if you don’t want to. I do it because I love to learn. I’ve often said if I could make a living out of being a student, I’d go to school until I retire. There’s a reason I entered university at 35.
The great classes offered at Christian Writers Conferences is one of the biggest reason I attend those events. It’s where I thrive the most. I want to learn all there is to know about the craft of writing. Of course, there are other reasons I attend…. like meeting amazing authors, some of them aspiring, others bestselling. There’s a lot of fun in THAT!
What’s your favourite quote? Why?