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Should You Stick to What You Know?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Should You Stick to What You Know? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

Our upcoming March/April issue is focused on the personal. So, we would love to know what you think about the age-old adage that writers should only write what they know.

From Our Readers

Our formal question: Should writers only stick to writing what they know?

There's been a back-and-forth among writers for years surrounding the idea that people should stick to writing what they know. Some believe that rule is too constricting for a writer's imagination; some believe that it allows topic experts to shine. What are your thoughts? There are no right or wrong answers because this is a personal question!

Share your answers with us in the comments below for a chance to be published in the March/April issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Provide an answer to the question "What writing advice made you see your work in a new way?” in the comments below.
  • Answers can be funny, weird, poignant, thought-provoking, entertaining, etc.
  • Remember to include your name as you would like it to appear in print.
  • Deadline for commenting this time around is January 1, 2021.
  • Only comments shared below will be considered for publication, though feel free to share your answers on social media with the following hashtags: #WDReaders and #WritingAchievement.

Note on commenting: If you wish to comment on the site, go to Disqus to create a free new account, verify your account on this site below (one-time thing), and then comment away.

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