We have all heard that phrase before. Even those of you who aren’t writers have heard it repeated in films, articles, and English classes.
But we all know that there are stories of magic, dinosaurs, space-battles, pirates, and schoolboy wizards that can’t possibly have been drawn from the writer’s own life (no matter how much we hope that J. K. Rowling is telling the truth about Hogwarts).
So how do we cross the great divide of the fantastic whilst maintaining that fundamental authors’ tenet?
Research it until you know it. Then write it!