A television comedy-drama mini-series – by Bob Denton
The situations encountered in THE CHAIN are based upon my own experiences. I have moved home more than twenty times – that’s three times the UK national average! In fact the issues navigated by the characters, do not begin to scratch the surface of the tragedic and comedic situations that I have encountered first-hand.
Moving can often be fraught, but it is also an adventure, you are sailing into the unknown, building a new future, new experiences. THE CHAIN follows the experiences of five couples in a fraught property chain.
But writing about what you know is not universally accepted:
|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 any opinion, on any subject.