Latest Forum Posts:

Categories

Write What You Know

Someone once asked me why I never write in the perspective of a woman. If the popular saying amongst writers is "write what you know," then that'll be your goddamn answer. I don't know. Am I just too lazy to do a little research? Probably. To me, no amount of research will arrive to conclusive data anyway. A woman's mind is equivalent to a Labyrinth with only one entry point and less exits. Does that make them horrible? No, they're pretty much the opposite. It just makes them confusing... a complicated, irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way and which holds no concrete exit ... that's all.

So why would I pretend to know what goes on in one of their heads? I wouldn't gain more readers, I would just come off as even more ignorant than I already am and do. I have never met a woman in love, aside from my mother (and I refuse to ever write from her perspective), so how would I craft any sort of personal feelings if the main character to my story was a woman. How do they really act when they love someone? Do women really think of their men while they are working, or hanging out with their friends? Do they talk about them in only positive ways to everyone around them? Do they want to show off their men? When you hang out with a girl all night, and you get upset when she leaves even though you know she has to...does she miss you the second the car door closes, like you do? Does she even think about it?

I don't know. I've never seen it. I've never felt it...I am not them.

I would just be a rotten liar if I wrote in the perspective of a woman. And, in turn, a shitty writer. 

This story is protected by International Copyright Law, by the author, all rights reserved. If found posted anywhere other than storiesspace.com with this note attached, it has been posted without my permission.

To link to this story from your site - please use the following code:

<a href="https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/musings/write-what-you-know.aspx">Write What You Know</a>

Comments (4)

Tell us why

Please tell us why you think this story should be removed.

Reason