Last week I ran an interview with my Venetian writing mates, Gregory Dowling and Philip Gwynne Jones, which you’ll find below. One point raised by Gregory in that chat near San Basilio kept nagging at me: that old and thorny subject of writing about what you know.
Gregory rightly pointed out that, as an academic, it was second nature to him to try to find out everything he could about a subject before sitting down to write about it. My background in journalism — with deadlines always looking — made my approach very different.
Neither’s right or wrong of course. There’s no such thing when it comes to working on a piece of fiction, just what works for you.
But here are a few thoughts on the subject from my point of view. Feel free to jump into the discussion in the comments below if you like. This is also a test of my new podcasting system ahead of a bigger project to come — I hope the audio quality is starting to improve.