Write What You Know
You’re going to love this. Ricky Gervais shares with us his writing process. This excellent advice applies to us bloggers as well. Ricky explains that writing from our own real life experiences helps us to connect with our audience. The same goes for trying to pretend we are something that we are not. For example some bloggers will tell us to fake it till we make it. That it is okay to steal content and ideas from others. I have always said that readers will see through our BS and it will come back to haunt us.
Now listen to Rick Gervais explain his writing process in his own words, and read the condensed transcript below.
Okay this is it, probably the biggest single influence on my creative process was something my old English teacher said when I was about 13 or 14. He just said write about what you know. I usually wrote about things I saw on television … like about a maverick cop or you know, a cowboy. I always thought my stories were the best and more exciting, and whenever I handed in my story … I always got it back “write about what you know“.
And I was thinking it was either good or it isn’t … who wouldn’t like a story about a maverick cop who didn’t play by the rules. Are you mad?
One day I just got fed up so I thought I would teach him a lesson and try to write the most boring story in the world … I handed it in and the next day … I got an A … and it was the proudest moment of my life.
It taught me that being honest is what counts. Trying to make the ordinary extraordinary is so much better than starting with the extraordinary because it doesn’t really connect.
If something is real for one person it’s touched their life.
It’s your job to make an audience as excited and fascinated about a subject as you are, and real life does that. Source.
WOW. Right on Ricky. Let’s get REAL!