They say write what you know. Well, I write about a journalist who travels through time. I know nothing about time travel. I’ve never done it myself. I don’t have any friends who’ve done it either. It’s not something I can research because nobody’s done it, and all the credible scientific sources are purely hypothetical and mostly agree time travel is impossible. But journalism? I know something about that. That’s my day job.
This is my first blog post for “Indie Life,” a blog hop sponsored by Indelibles. Like most “indie writers,” I have a day job. Admittedly, it’s a pretty cool day job. I work for a local TV station as a video editor, and on occasion they let me write science related stories for the news. But my passion is science fiction, and by TV job–cool as it is–is just a day job. Yet with Tomorrow News Network, I turned my day job into an asset for my life as a writer.
Much of Tomorrow News Network is based on my own experiences in the news business. Talie Tappler, the main character in the series, is based on two of the best reporters I’ve worked with. Everything else is loosely based on science. Very loosely. Except the story I wrote about Roswell. That’s 100% true.
They say write what you know, but I disagree. I say start with what you know then add whatever made-up, crazy $%*& you want. Maybe you’re an accountant; write about being an accountant for the mob. Maybe you’re a nurse; try writing about a hospital run by sorcerers. Maybe you’re a janitor; write about being a janitor during the zombie apocalypse. You might write a really cool story. At the very least, my fellow indie writer, you may discover your day job is more interesting than you thought.