Starting Monday, Nov. 24, I'm guest blogging on fellow Wild Rose Press author, Debbie Peterson's blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/
I was approached by an aspiring romance author recently and that made me think about the advice often given to writers to "write what you know." I'm in general agreement with that advice. Not knowing what you're writing about definitely is a dead giveaway--and turnoff--for readers. Having read and graded many a student essay where the writer clearly did no research gives me the authority to pronounce that judgment.
However, I began to wonder about how that advice applies to fictional worlds that have never existed--fantasy, sci-fi, some paranormal. If you'd like to find out what I came up with--and join the conversation--drop by http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/ and add your thoughts.