RARA-AVIS: Re: The Hell with "Writing What You Know"

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Feb 2008

I think experience can be very useful, but what counts is the psychologial realism of the story. We are just wrapping up a month about Woolrich, a guy who surely made up stories, yet they mostly work psychologically and are often spellbinding.

On the other hand, I am sure that Ross Thomas was drawing on first-hand experience when he wrote many of his books. I can just sense it as I read him. Perhaps I've been fooled... With Aarons, I can't tell if he draws on experience or not, though obviously he did research.



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