Hello SErs. Harmony here. Today, I have a question for you >>>
How do you write what you can’t know?
Or, more to the point, how do you write it convincingly?
My current WIP is set aboard an interstellar spaceship hurtling through outer space. In this kind of situation, I cannot possibly stick to the addage of ‘Write What You Know’. Because, of course, I’ve never been on a spaceship, let alone in outer space.
One scene in Exodus, book 1 of The Colony Series, shows a couple of the characters having to wait about 5 minutes for a lift to stop at their floor. I took this from my experience of travelling on a big cruise ship. Basically, I transplanted one experience into another. On a busy ship, whether in space or travelling the oceans of Earth, you will always find a backlog at the lifts, especially at peak times.
What does this point us to?
Happily, while we can research space travel via the internet, we can also use the experience we do have to enhance the experience of our characters.
If the character’s experience is authentic, then the scene will be authentic.
In transplanting our experience of one situation into another, we are, in fact, still sticking to the addage of writing what we know.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
©Harmony Kent, 2019