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  1. tnkerr April 10, 2022 / 10:31 am

    Sometimes I write what I know, more often, I write what I want to know.

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  2. Hobbo April 10, 2022 / 10:40 am

    My poetry is inspired by the gutter and the drain, that’s what makes me a grate poet. 😂

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  3. Matt April 10, 2022 / 11:12 am

    Yeah I always disliked that piece of advice, that’s like saying every other that ever wrote about murder is a murderer.

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  4. Michael B. Fishman April 10, 2022 / 12:01 pm

    That’s the best writing quote I’ve read in a while. And I’ve never been to While to read writing quotes so that makes it pretty good!

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  5. Nope, Not Pam April 10, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    Brilliant quote Chelsea 🙂

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      • Nope, Not Pam April 10, 2022 / 2:21 pm

        You can, you posted it for me to read 😀

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  6. Bruce Goodman April 10, 2022 / 3:39 pm

    An excellent quot. The only thing I dislike is people spelling the abbreviation of quotation with an e on the end. (Shades of the Oxford comma).

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    • Chel Owens April 10, 2022 / 10:04 pm

      Really? I didn’t know you were that much of a purist.

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  7. obbverse April 10, 2022 / 5:05 pm

    Writing isn’t about what you know, its more about the way you say it.

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    • Chel Owens April 10, 2022 / 10:05 pm

      There are some very dry books out there by very knowledgeable people.

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  8. Richmond Road April 10, 2022 / 5:40 pm

    I think the idea of ‘writing what you know’ has been rubbished for quite a while now. The very nature of fiction is to write about what nobody knows. Non-fiction is ‘what is’ and fiction is ‘what might be’ and there is far more to learn via the later. The more one writes about what one knows the more the product comes to look more like a text book.
    A story should be a journey of discovery for reader and writer alike, and not a picture of the discovery itself.

    I could add, cheekily, that whilst the bible is a work of fiction it still provides a vital perspective on human though and human reality.
    I suppose the bible might be asking the question, “How would you behave if there was a God?” and then “Why would you not choose to behave that way, regardless?”
    Imagine an abbreviated Bible that simply said …
    There is a God
    Think about it
    THE END.

    It conveys the essential message of one who writes what he ‘knows’, but it does not provide scope for any sort of understanding.

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    • Chel Owens April 10, 2022 / 10:07 pm

      Ah, but *is* it fiction?

      And surely you would at least include the Psalms and Beatitudes. 🙂


      • Richmond Road April 11, 2022 / 3:37 am

        Hmmm …. you are testing my religious education. But I’m happy to include all religious texts as being part of a quite beautiful fiction. Mind you, even if all of these lovely bits of writing could be proven as fictitious, it really doesn’t add or subtract from the possibility of an existence of God(s).

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          • Richmond Road April 11, 2022 / 5:52 am

            I wasn’t really trying to be all atheist about it. God exists or God doesn’t exist and there is nothing that humans can write that changes that. I could, for example, postulate that a being called Xzorba 3 is the true ruler of all existence and write extensively on the matter. If I later confess to making the whole thing up it does not rule out the possibility that Xzorba 3 actually does exist (unbeknown to me).
            Anyway, I thought faith was all about belief without proof.

            But …. I agree. We all should write about the stuff we DON’T KNOW. That’s why I write about all this stuff so much ….


            • Chel Owens April 11, 2022 / 10:02 am

              😀 You’re a fan of Schrödinger, I see.

              I’m no perfect being in terms of faith, but hardly agree fully with all faith no proof. I think we humans walk with faith but must have affirmation at some points. We’re not faithful enough to keep walking in a dark room full of strange sounds without a chance of a candle.


              • Richmond Road April 11, 2022 / 2:31 pm

                I think your ‘proof’ may be circumstantial evidence, at best, or confirmation bias. But if it works for you, then it works for you.
                Imagine that you were born and lived all of your life in a small Villiage in New Guinea with zero contact with the outside world. The available proof there would be the same, but the Christian God would have no reality for you.

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                • Chel Owens April 11, 2022 / 5:02 pm

                  My proof, as anyone’s should be, is a spiritual confirmation of truth. I would often rationalize that such things were confirmation bias or circumstantial evidence or social pressure. Trust me, they’re not.

                  😀 Christians don’t have a monopoly on God. He’s the same in New Guinea as everywhere else.


                • Richmond Road April 11, 2022 / 11:24 pm

                  He? We must discuss the patriarchal aspect of all this some time

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                • Richmond Road April 12, 2022 / 5:03 am

                  A good, concise answer! And, of course, the Gods of the ancient’s had gender and sexuality – they used to procreate quite a lot. The very idea of gender is a bit blurred these days, of course. But for the Christian God to have gender makes no sense … what would you say are the attributes about ‘It’ that suggest ‘It’ is male?


                • Richmond Road April 12, 2022 / 5:36 am

                  To clarify … I think that defining the Christian God as being either male or female is a bit disrespectful. God is on a far higher plane that It’s creations – It created the very concept of gender …. God pre-dates gender, in other words.
                  On a more serious note …. I think it is very dangerous to view God as either male or female, for, to do so suggests a certain superiority by association. It is not a huge step from there to suggest that God is a white male, and then God is a white, heterosexual male and then God is a white, republican, heterosexual male. And so on ….
                  Before you know it people are out on the street with banners saying, “GOD HATES MUSLIM HOMOSEXUALS.
                  And that is a view that most genuine Christians and Atheists alike, agree is abhorrent.


                • Chel Owens April 12, 2022 / 8:37 am

                  Sure, but hopefully people can understand that God can be male *and* a more enlightened, perfected form. He and a heavenly mother (or mothers) are our creators.


  9. petespringerauthor April 10, 2022 / 6:55 pm

    That is an excellent quote from Jacqui, who has a great way with words.

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  10. Ian Kay April 11, 2022 / 2:47 am

    Does she mention who these great authors are? Maybe she doesn’t know. 😆

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    • Chel Owens April 11, 2022 / 5:38 am

      Yes; she mentioned an Ian Kay, and… 😉


      • Ian Kay April 11, 2022 / 9:37 am

        ah, well, consider my disbelief suspended then. 😁

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