A television comedy-drama mini-series – by Bob Denton
In writing Dream Team, I did know what I was writing about. I have been active in both trade and public event organisation with the Property Business Show, Top PA, LIVE! the Consumer Electronics Show, the Premier Fashion events and subsequently a number of smaller heavily-targeted IT events such as MacExpo (UK, Germany and Netherlands), Adobe Live, Nikon Live, the Quark 7 Launch/Roadshow across Europe…
Most of the situations encountered in DREAM TEAM are based upon actual incidents. However, the screenplay does not begin to scratch the surface of my first-hand experience in exhibition organising.
But there is not universal agreement:
|Mark Twain said: Write what you know.|
|P D James agreed: You absolutely should write about what you know. |
There are all sorts of small things that you should store up and use,
nothing is lost to a writer …
All experience, whether it is painful or whether it is happy is somehow stored up
and sooner or later it’s used.
|Kazuo Ishiguro argued: ‘Write about what you know’ is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. It encourages people to write a dull autobiography. |
It’s the reverse of firing the imagination and the potential of writers.
|Dan Brown suggested instead: You should write something that |
you need to go and learn about.
|Lee Child stated: I think [write what you know] is very bad advice. |
Very few people know enough to make an exciting story,
and very few people can escape the clotted and
overcrowded prose that usually results.
|Ken Kesey agreed: One of the dumbest things you were ever taught |
was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull.
As always, you can find every shade of opinion, on any subject!