Writing What You Know – Not Guns

January 27, 2009



Too often writers get distracted with being sensational and not writing about the world that they know. One of the pitfalls of writing for young writers is the overly dramatic action sequence that (if the writer is male) invariably involves a gun shoot out or killing of some dramatic kind. Of course most people that write have never heard or shot a real gun and this leads an inauthentic feel to the writing. That’s not to say that the reader knows that you are lying about the gun shooting, it is more about that fact that they can see the weakness in your descriptions and the generic way in which you write. The reader will be able to see that he/she knows as much about guns as you do and therefore will become disconnected from what they are reading. Of course if you really want to write about guns you can find something online that will give it you straight like this online gun writers resource (http://dixonverse.net/articles/guns.html). But the truth is that you are better off writing from your experience to really connect with your reader and discover a little more about yourself.

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