Today’s Book recommendation is:
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
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)
Plan a field trip to research some aspect of your novel.