And I quote: 2. I don't really advertise my age online, but it's pretty obvious that I'm a young one. Anyway, growing up in a conservative home, I didn't get to actually experience a lot of the things I put into my books. What things, you ask? Well, I'm not going to give you examples, because what you're imagining is probably so much more fun. Back to the point. Lately I've gone out into the world to experience some of those mysterious activities. Partly because I was curious, and partly because I wanted to see if what I was writing was accurate. And I found that it was. So if you're a writer and you think you have to stick to what you know like so many say... you really don't.It got me thinking. So many times I'll think of ideas for books, something new and innovative (as per me) but I quickly brush away the idea because I'm sure I'm too dumb to write about it. Not smart enough. Not knowledgable enough. The amount of research involved would be astounding and even then, I don't think I could write about what I don't know convincingly.
So, I stick with what's comfortable, with what I know. The result? There's always something missing from my stories. The plot is good and the characters are likable but.. in the end, there's a certain je ne sais quoi missing.
I know I'm not stupid, but I also know my limits. So, what to do about this? What would you do? How about your writing? Do you stick with what you know, or do you wing it and hope for the best? How much is research, how much is imagination?