Know your subject and write about what you know. It’s basic Writing 101 and pounded into your brain without you realizing it. Those essays you wrote in school every September, “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” weren’t assigned because your teachers were sadistic. OK, maybe a little, but that’s not the point. Writing about how you spent those last three months gave the reader a window into your mind…how it worked and what your skill levels were.
And so it goes for S.F. Lynch. Having written about music for years, contributing to cold-drill, Coe Review and Thought Magazine among others, it’s a subject he knows inside and out and the inspiration for his book Garage Band. The plot and characters are well drawn from real life as any one that’s ever been in a band or known friends that are in one can tell you. So the rule of thumb has served him well.