It’s one of the oldest pieces of advice given to aspiring writers, “Write what you know”.
But should writers “write what they know”? If taken too literally there would be no science fiction, or period drama; if ignored altogether, writing would lose its integrity and truthfulness.
Writers need to ask themselves what *exactly* they know – and utilise those skills if appropriate, contrasting them against what they want to SAY, tempering it with a sense of who they’re trying to say it to … their audience. But how to do this?
Discussing this difficult balancing act is veteran TV writer Jed Mercurio, behind BODIES and CARDIAC ARREST and Mark Pallis, whose big break came as a new writer on GARROW’S LAW.