Originally Posted by susan_cassidy
ETA: They always say "write what you know".
"Write what you know" is supposed to be a prompt for writers who are blocked or are struggling at coming up with topics, and as such, it's very good advice.
It's not supposed to be used as a limiter: "ONLY write what you know."
That would be horrendously bad advice.
I don't think, for example, that Tom Clancy was ever a special forces operator or that Lee Child was ever an MP.