Monday, May 10, 2010

250 Words: What I Don't Know

People say that you should write about what you know.  What if you don’t know what you know?  You suddenly become the writer that writes about how you don’t know what you know because that’s the only thing you really know.  The problem is that you can never really know what you don’t know.  If you truly did know what you didn’t know then you could no longer say that you didn’t know things because you would have to know about everything.  In order to know what you don’t know you have to have some knowledge of those things that you don’t know.  Which means that you would have to have some knowledge of everything.  If you knew something about everything then you would definitely be writing about something because you would know something.  The only way you can write about the things you don’t know is to either make stuff up and hope that it exists and that you actually don’t know about it or write about not knowing in general.  If you take the first option to writing about what you don’t know, do you hope that you get it completely wrong if that thing you don’t know about actually does exist?  If you get it right then it would seem that you know about that thing and then you are writing about what you know.  If you want to write about what you don’t know then you need to get it completely wrong.  Would that be fiction?

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