It’s easy to get stuck in a writing rut, but difficult to see a way out. ‘Write what you know’ – that’s the old adage, but many people take this to mean, you can only write that which you have experienced directly. Obviously if we all did that, we wouldn’t have Gulliver’s Travels, Frankenstein or Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels, to name a few.
Writing what we know can leave us treading well-worn paths with the same types of characters, in the same places. That’s okay, for a while, but maybe you’ve hit a wall because you need to write something different. Try writing something you don’t know.
Your writing prompt: Someone goes into a church to make a confession – what do they say? If your first thought is to make them a man, write a woman or a child instead. How does that change what they confess?