- On July 30, 2020
I’m currently working on the biggest project I’ve done in years: penning a fact-inspired tale of ghosts and demons set in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ll be chronicling the process here on my blog, covering everything from trying to land an agent (mine retired in 2016!) to compiling the text to marketing the finished product once it’s published. Here’s hoping this will be a great journey, with plenty of lessons learned along the way!
My first topic is a take on the old adage, ‘write what you know.’ This is great advice, because writing is best when it’s authentic, and readers can always sniff out an author who is fake or doesn’t have the facts straight. The book I’m currently working on, The Vermicular File, is an offshoot of a reference work I wrote back in 1998 called Encyclopedia of Hell.
So yes, write what you know — but don’t stop there.