What you know and what you don't
Write what you know.
When it comes down to it, do any of us writers only write what we know? I know I don't. If I did, my writing would be one-sided, flat, and just plain boring.
To write good stories, we have to write beyond what we know, stretching our imaginations to their limits and then more. In our minds we have to live out lives of characters that do things that we would never do.
This is the goal of us writers, to push the imagination and heart to places it never dreamed of going. To do this, we must take what we know and write beyond that.
Yet, we have to write from what we know, otherwise our writings would be one-side, flat, and downright boring.
Drawing from our experiences, emotions, education, we have a foundation to start writing deep and moving stories. We draw from what we know to write something we actually don't know (research is also a great tool for writers to write what they don't know).
We write ourselves into the story and then write beyond ourselves.
When you write what you know, you are writing from your heart, making from yourself something unique. That is why I believe each of us has our onw story to tell in our own way that no other writer can tell, or should tell.
Write what you know and what you don't know.