Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Vachss: Robison

From: R. & J. Clinton (
Date: 12 Jan 2006

From: "Robert Elkin" <>
> "Write about what you know," huh? And how could he
> write about what he DOESN'T know?

It's called research, and can be done via books, the library, newspaper records, encyclopedias, internet, first-person interviews and secondhand retelling, personal experiences and a whole host of other avenues that will garner you knowledge about subjects of which you were previously unfamiliar.

But I agree that it in less skilled hands, this approach can lead to a rather pallid, by-the-numbers read as compared to the richer canvas often given by an author whose personal history infuses his writing. Conversely, many do just fine writing what they *don't* know (until research -- and imagination -- become involved).

Ron C.

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