*sigh it's going to be hard to put this question into words, so bear with me please. i guess first i should say that i always took to heart something that my mom told me about John Grisham, that you are supposed to write what you know. i've tried that, but since my life has been mostly uneventful it always goes nowhere. i try to stay in tune with my thoughts and emotions and put that on paper, and i think i'm pretty good at that. but what good is all that if you don't have an interesting and creative plot to go with it. i feel more excitement when i'm writing about people who are so far from me and my life. for instance years ago i started writing about the rise of a pop star/actress from her early days starting out her career up until she's winning oscars and grammys and things. also, my "out with arcadius" story is one i like imagining and plotting out and it's about a singer and his life after he came out. but since i don't know about that kind of lifestyle, only what i see, i always doubt proceeding because of the fact that it's "not what i know". so... i had this idea with "out with arcadius". to parallel the lives of this celebrated singer and a guy very similar to me. mundane job, insecure, lonely, aspiring writer. my idea was the "mundane" guy is writing a novel/screenplay about the "singer". and on the parallel the "singer" (who has transitioned into screenwriting and directing) gets this idea to write about a "mundane" person. the complicated thing is that the "singer"... um, nevermind i won't get into all those details because this post is long enough as it is. MY QUESTION IS should i just totally scrap the "mundane" character and focus on the "singer". aside from not having a real plot for the "mundane", i keep bumming myself out writing about him. but i do get more excitement when i'm writing about the "singer". so what do you think? should i just throw that Grisham quote out the window??? or is it important to write what i know... which is, basically boring day to day lives of the middle to lower class.