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29th Aug '16 10:18:17 PM Loekman3
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* Gravity Falls is based on Alex Hirsch's life experience as a child during the summer.

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* Gravity Falls ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is based on Alex Hirsch's life experience as a child during the summer.
22nd Aug '16 1:45:35 PM Muswell
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*** Well, three of them went to Cambridge (Chapman, Cleese & Idle). The other three went to proper universities; two of them (Jones, Palin) to Oxford and one (Gilliam) to Occidental College.
22nd Aug '16 6:41:00 AM shinkarom
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* Creator/DickFrancis, after retiring from being a jockey, started writing thrillers set in the UK horse racing world. Over time the scope of his work widened to include related areas such as horse breeding and horse transportation and eventually completely unrelated areas such as glass blowing and art.

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* Creator/DickFrancis, after retiring from being a jockey, started writing thrillers set in the UK horse racing world. Over time the scope of his work widened to include related areas such as horse breeding and horse transportation and eventually completely unrelated areas such as glass blowing and art. The book still must include at least mention of a horse, and sometimes horses start the plot.
22nd Aug '16 3:32:42 AM DoctorNemesis
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As this trope is often also used (and misused) as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with. Finally, it doesn't mean that someone cannot write a Science Fiction or Fantasy story set in other worlds involving creatures and experiences that are a bit thin on the ground. The idea is that a writer can draw on his or her own personal experiences to inform their story and give it life and verisimilitude, not that the writer can only write about things that they have direct personal first-hand experience of.

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As this trope is often also used (and misused) as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with. Finally, it doesn't mean that someone cannot write convincingly write, say, a Science Fiction or Fantasy story set in other worlds involving creatures and experiences that are a bit thin on the ground. The idea is that a writer can draw on his or her own personal experiences to inform their story and give it life and verisimilitude, not that the writer can only write about things that they have direct personal first-hand experience of.
22nd Aug '16 3:30:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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As this trope is often also used (and misused) as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with. The idea is that a writer can draw on his or her own personal experiences to inform their story and give it life and verisimilitude, not that the writer can only write about things that they have direct personal first-hand experience of.

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As this trope is often also used (and misused) as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with. Finally, it doesn't mean that someone cannot write a Science Fiction or Fantasy story set in other worlds involving creatures and experiences that are a bit thin on the ground. The idea is that a writer can draw on his or her own personal experiences to inform their story and give it life and verisimilitude, not that the writer can only write about things that they have direct personal first-hand experience of.
22nd Aug '16 3:24:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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As this trope is often also used as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with.

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As this trope is often also used (and misused) as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with. The idea is that a writer can draw on his or her own personal experiences to inform their story and give it life and verisimilitude, not that the writer can only write about things that they have direct personal first-hand experience of.
22nd Aug '16 3:20:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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As this trope is often also used as a piece of writing advice, it should perhaps be noted that TropesAreTools, and that Writing What You Know is not an ironclad rule which automatically guarantees that you will produce superior work over someone lacking that experience. Having first-hand experience of what you're writing about may give you an advantage over someone who does not have the same experience when it comes to research and life experience, but that doesn't automatically mean that you will also possess superior writing skills. Nor does it mean that someone who must rely on second-hand research instead of life experience ''cannot'' effectively write a story set in a world that they are unfamiliar with.
18th Aug '16 8:03:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jeremy Lloyd]] had a stint working in the menswear department at Simpson's of Piccadilly, a now-defunct {{London}} department store. The employees he encountered became the inspirations for ''AreYouBeingServed''

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* [[RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jeremy Lloyd]] had a stint working in the menswear department at Simpson's of Piccadilly, a now-defunct {{London}} UsefulNotes/{{London}} department store. The employees he encountered became the inspirations for ''AreYouBeingServed''''Series/AreYouBeingServed''
25th Jul '16 2:24:41 PM LaurelHS
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* Poet John Gillespie Magee Jr. was a Spitfire pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. His best-known poem, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gillespie_Magee,_Jr.#High_Flight "High Flight"]], is about the exhilaration of flying a Spitfire.
23rd Jul '16 5:03:36 PM missmoon
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* ''Series/DrKen'' is loosely based on Ken Jeong's own experiences as a doctor before his StarMakingRole in ''Film/TheHangover'' film series. Jeong really is a licensed general practitioner, and his real life wife and friends are also doctors who occasionally help him fact check the dialogue.
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