NaNo is coming.
People say write what you know. I say write what you want.
Does this mean every story that breaks out of the confines of your mind will become an acclaimed and published piece of fiction? Of course not.
Writing is not science. One recipe might not spell success. What is right for one person may not work for another. On the other hand, there are some helpful guidelines or suggestions that can help a writer grow in tremendous ways.
Write what you know, or don't. If we only wrote what we know there would be no soaring fantasies or speculative historical digging out the details of people from the past. Every story would be a modern tale with limited paths. Writing what you know can be awesome. I want to write stories in the theatrical landscape because I am an actress as well as a writer.
Write what you know. If something happens that inspires you, use it. Of one small moment gives you the idea for the most insignificant detail of your story, use it.
You are a writer. You get to choose if your story will be filled with minivans or brave knights. You are a world creator, whether that world is a mirror of your own or a deeply detailed kingdom.
You've got this. Use what you know to your advantage and if you don't know something research it until you do. How do you write what you know? By writing. Write and you will learn. Write all the stories spilling out of you and love them.
Write them all, whether you know them or not. Step up, introduce yourself. You've got this.
~ a rambling author
PS When I use the words write what you know, I am using them in the context of today's world. While you may have plenty of knowledge about a subject, you wouldn't be able to do some of the things you write, if that makes sense.