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Write what you know is one of the oldest writing “rules” tossed around. Also one of the most difficult to interpret into good storytelling. Take it too literally, and you’ll either have a flat story or get sued. Ignore it completely and the story will lack any sort of plausibility. My favorite variation on this is Jesse Stern’s “Take an episode from real life and add a dead body.” I haven’t done that, though I might borrow somebody else’s dead body episode for this story. 🙂 But at its heart, the maxim speaks to the necessity of drawing from our …

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