15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton

Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, and Howard, with special guest Laurell K. Hamilton

We’ve all heard the “write what you know” rule. Laurell K. Hamilton joined us to talk about how she got started by writing what she wanted to know. In this episode we discuss our various paths to learning the things that fascinate us, and which we want to be able to write about.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson


I was walking home from work one day…

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5 thoughts on “15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton”

  1. As someone who just recently discovered these ‘casts, I have been loving them. I don’t know if you’ve addressed this already but I’ve run into an issue with my writing, and that is that when I read books by other authors, it not only eats into time I could be writing, but it seems to suppress my own creativity to some extent. I’ve only just taken up serious writing in the last year and was always an avid reader before.

    So here’s my suggestion for an episode topic: How do you strike a balance between reading and writing?

  2. The tricky threesome, Brandon, Howard, and Dan, met with Laurell K. Hamilton at SpikeCon to talk about Laurell’s writing advice, write what you want to know. We often heard “Write what you know.” So how does adding “want to” in there change it? Passion! Use research to find out what’s real, and to give you ideas. There’s a lot of good advice, available now in the transcript in the archives.

  3. For us who want to include neurotypes in their writing, it was very interesting listening to Laurell talk about her experience with dyslexia in such precise terms, describing what exactly she sees. Especially because she seemed comfortable with it so it sounded like it wasn’t a difficult topic for her. So I’d love episodes dedicated to these things, especially where people are comfortable to share their experience.

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