The Baltic region of the world. That’s one of many things I don’t know. I’m there now, and I remember when I first started writing in 2000, I was taught to write what you know. Easy. I knew then how to learn to write a book and get it published. I knew about nursing, city living, aging, and moving away from the city. At some point, I learned about writing what you don’t know. Do research–visit the places involved, observe with all five senses, and read extensively.
As I sit here this morning on a Vikings Homeland cruise ship, observing the 5-8 foot swell of white caps through floor to ceiling windows in a large comfortable lounge, decorated in blues that make the Baltic Sea look dark gray, I’m thinking of the places I’ve been to already on this trip that I knew little to nothing about.
This trip feels like a crash course in European history. There is so much I don’t know. Lots of wars. Lots of ethnic differences. Lots to ponder when we get home. One thing I do know: we are all part of one great humanity.
Kip Walkin said:
This is so beautiful Lois. The beauty about writing what you don’t know, is the opportunity it brings to be exposed to a new wealth of experience and knowledge. I’m so happy you get to see lots of new places, people, culture and history. A true adventure! Do have a great time!🌷🌺
Marianna Crane said:
Travel provides great education–as you show. I enjoy hearing about your experiences. Thanks.
Aren’t you just amazed sometimes that you got on that plane and flew to lands?
Your trip sounds wonderful and will no doubt provide you with inspiration for your writing.
Always good to see you.
Lynn Rosack said:
What a memorable vacation! So much to see and do. Enjoy!