Throw what you know out the window, Sean Williams says, and take a chance. But like it’s been mentioned in an earlier series of #LoveOzLit about writing what you know, do your research. It brings some authenticity to your work.
I found out recently that Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, didn’t actually do any research on what Jack should be developmentally at five, or the effects of imprisonment would have been — or everything I’ve read about her suggests that she didn’t.
Does that surprise you? It did me given the topic. What do you think?