California-based freelance writer.

As a staff writer for the Lodi News-Sentinel and Earth.com, I write about history, mental health, the environment, pets, and other topics. I also write speculative fiction.

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Nuts and Bolts: Writing What You Don’t Know

“Write what you know.” It’s advice given to a lot of aspiring writers, but here’s my own advice: Forget it. Like those Xeroxed sheets your high school English teacher passed out listing words to use instead of “said,” over-reliance on this piece of advice will make your writing clunky and limited instead of great.