1. Is it your story to tell? Do you care enough about the subject and the characters? “Write what you know” probably means choose things which matter a lot to you. Things you have a stake in.

2. Is it too personal? Some experiences are too close to us. We haven’t processed the deep emotions enough to put it into perspective for a reader. (Example: loved one killed by drunk driver.)

3. Is it going somewhere? Ask yourself if you can dramatize the idea in a series of scenes. Does it have a plot, is it going somewhere?

4. What’s at stake? How can you show rather than tell why it is so important the character? (Can you render your idea in scenes?)


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