Research for Your Fiction Project


Today’s Book recommendation is:

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Bly quotes Tom Wolfe who said:

“Young writers are constantly told, “Write about what you know.” There is nothing

wrong with that rule as a starting point, but it seems to get quickly magnified into an

unspoken maxim:

The only valid experience is personal experience . . . Dickens, Dostoyevsky,

Balzac, Zola, and Sinclair Lewis assumed that the novelist had to go beyond his

personal experience and head out into society as a reporter.” (Bly 9)


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Today’s Assignment:

Plan a field trip to research some aspect of your novel.