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Eyes open into world

Every writer is familiar with the advice to ‘write what you know’. We all approach it differently. Some take it literally, basing their stories on personal experiences and nothing else; we all remember how Anne Shirley became a published author once she started writing about everyday life in her beloved Avonlea. Some completely ignore it. How many of us are international spies, really – and how much would we miss if we didn’t have books that have no bearing in the author’s reality.

But most choose an approach that has a little of both. We may not have personal experience of what it feels like to run for our lives, but we have most likely been scared and frightened, and can use the emotions to describe how a spy would feel in a life-threatening situation. Or we write about being a parent without having children ourselves, basing it on observations and emotions similar to parents’ love – or frustration.
The rest is research. How exhaustive it is and how much of it actually ends in the …