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WRITERS' REEL: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW

Today on the Writers' Reel, Nathan Englander explains that the age-old writing advice "write what you know" isn't about events, it's about universal emotions like love, loss, and longing.

"I think the most famous piece of writing advice that there is, is "write what you know." And I think it's, honestly, I think it's the best piece of advice there is, but I think it is the most misunderstood, most mis-taught, most misinterpreted piece of advice that there is. It's so simple and so obvious and it used to terrify me, this idea of "write what you know." I was dreaming . . . I was in suburbia, you know, in my house, dreaming of being a writer, and I thought, what am I going to do with " write what you know?"