All of the writing manuals say to write what you know, but I don’t really know anything. My only real hobby is writing, but you can only write so much about writing before you say everything you have to say. It’s a fruitless endeavor — sort of like an apple tree that never learned to grow apples. You know: fruitless. (Pretty clever analogy, huh? I came up with that one because I’m a writer.)
I used to have an interest in stamps, but I had to use my collection to pay the bills. Literally. I’d run out of Elvis Presley Forever stamps, and I didn’t feel like driving to the post office. There’s always a bunch of people standing in line, and the wait takes forever. By the time it takes to reach the front of the line, I could hand-deliver all my bills.
Which I should have done, in retrospect, instead of sacrificing my stamp collection. Especially since all of my checks were returned anyway due to insufficient funds.
The writing experts are following their own advice when they say to write what you know, because they themselves are writing about writing. Which is why they’re considered writing experts, I guess.
So maybe if I write about writing, I, too, will become a writing expert. And then I’ll know more than I do now. And if I start to know more, then maybe I can write more. (At least that’s according to the advice of all those writing experts.)
But if I write only about what I know, then my career is going to be pretty brief. I’d rather write about what I don’t know. But then I’d have to fill my blog posts with gibberish, because I wouldn’t know what I was talking about.
I’d like to write about my stamp collection, but I don’t have it anymore because I had to pay the bills. Only I couldn’t pay the bills because I lacked sufficient funds in my account. And I lacked sufficient funds in my account because I don’t earn any money writing.
And that’s because I know very little about the subject.
So I guess I should learn more. Then I could become an expert and actually know what I was talking about.
As it stands now, I had to fill this blog post with gibberish.