“Write What You Know” is Empathic Advice

Emotional transference, the ability to shift raw, experienced emotion across a range of objects and relationships, is the “knowing” behind writing, says Nathan Englander:


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2 thoughts on ““Write What You Know” is Empathic Advice

  1. I like it! But I gotta know how this fits in with “Writing as a mode of learning.” I guess the purposes of both maxims are different. But it seems like “Write what you know” might not empathize with “Writing as a mode of learning” cause we might not “know” something until we write it, right?

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