Everybody gets told to write about what they know. The trouble with many of us is that at the earlier stages of life we think we know everything — or to put it more usefully, we are often unaware of the scope and structure of our ignorance.
I actually disagree with Pychon, as a writer, I am the precise opposite. I believe that I know nothing, so much that this belief in my own ignorance hinders me from putting pen to paper, fingertip to keyboard. I pay meticulous attention to write only what I know, and I am constantly in fear that I have ventured out of those boundaries, and that in doing so, whatever I write becomes false and trite. On a more optimistic note, however, while this mantra of ‘writing what I know about’ limits me, at the same time it propels me forward, because I deliberately try to know more things to write about. In other words, I am on a constant quest of self-enlightenment.