Write What You Know
Something all writers, especially aspiring writers, want to achieve, is to be noticed. They want to write that one script that will start their careers or propel them to a new level. What’s going to make that happen? Writing a great script. And how do you achieve that feat? One great way is to write a story only you could write. A script that lets your own unique experiences or life adventures infuse the story and characters with a sense of realism and uniqueness that makes it different from anything else out there.
Does this mean that you need to have flown to the moon to write a unique script? Of course not. You should write what you know in order for the script to feel realistic and grounded in truth, but that doesn’t mean that you need to have traveled to a different world to write a sci-fi movie. So what does it really mean? It means you can infuse your characters with real flaws, problems, obsessions, tragedies, etc that you’ve experienced and know first hand. Your emotional truth. For example, you can write a show or film that takes place in a hospital if you have spent a lot of time in one (as a patient or loved one), even if you didn’t go to medical school, as you can relate to the emotions as well as the daily events in such a place. Or you can write a love story set in space if you’ve been in love before (and research space movies!). So what’s my point? Write what you know. And let your own unique experiences make your story stand out in a way only you and your life stories can.