Thursday, 16 June 2016

Write what you know? What do I know?

My talented friend, Alexis Marie Chute (who accomplishes more in 5 minutes than I do in a year...oh, to be a high-energy person!) recently posted a "write what you know" reminder on instagram.  Upon seeing this advice, I had my usual reaction of, "I don't KNOW anything!  I haven't done anything!"  Since I married young, have only had a few jobs, have only taken a few college courses, haven't travelled much, and have spent the last nine years barely surviving the raising of little kids, I feel like I don't have a lot of interesting personal experiences to draw from. At least none that I want to write about.  Then I realised that I do have something: Random trivia that I've read about over the years.  My obsessive personality likes to read everything possible about whatever topic is most interesting at the time.  And I tend to retain a lot of it.  So here is a list of things that I DO know something about (even if I've never actually done many of them and they'll probably never help me win a game of Trivial Pursuit):


  • medieval history (most recently, the Plantagenet dynasty thanks to library audiobooks and Dan Jones)
  • medieval heraldry
  • medieval reinactment groups
  • period-appropriate medieval and regency costumes
  • wilderness survival
  • how to do projects without reading the directions or following the rules
  • how to furnish a house with second-hand items
  • Harry Potter
  • latin names of plants...although I'm never sure whether the name that comes to mind when I see a plant is the correct one until I look it up and prove myself right.
  • L. M. Montgomery's books and life (her journals are fascinating)
  • potential problems in renovating an old house
  • building
  • furniture refinishing
  • living in the country
  • tea
  • writing
  • master's degrees that I'd love to get, but both can't afford and don't qualify for (since I don't have an undergraduate degree...can't I skip that part? Or win the lottery so I can do both?)
  • And much more that I can't remember now, but I'm sure will float to the surface of my mind when I'm trying to remember important things like picking up prescriptions, or when was the last time I cleaned the bathroom?
Now, how can I use all this to write a novel?


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