Five Reasons to Write What You Know


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Guest post by Debra Johnson

You’re stuck. You have no idea what to write, how to start writing, or even where to set your story. You are frustrated, getting angry and wanting to give up this gig. Don’t give up. There is one simple trick to get writing- write what you know. What do I mean by that? Read on.

1. Write emotional- You feel things intensely. It might be your love life, your pets, even your love of food. Whatever you love or even hate will come through in your writing. The more emotion you have behind the words, the more they will connect with readers.

2. Write opinionated – don’t blend in with the crowd. You have your views on subjects, so share the. Don’t try to please others, even the hypothetical readers you’ll have. The more you sound like the group, the less people will want to listen because they’ve heard it all before. Stand out and dare to be different!

3. Write truthfully– They will know when you are lying. It will sound forced, faked, or just too complex. Real life is crazy, fantastic, and bigger than anything you can make up. So write the truth. It has more impact when people know you are just being honest. Even if you are writing fiction essential truths are always there.

4. Write local – You know where you live. You know what it smells like, sounds like, how hard it is to get around, how the people act and relate. Use that. Even if the location is just a tiny blip in your story, the realism will bleed through. It will make your story a richer, more vibrant place for your characters to roam.

5. Write life –You’ve lived. You’ve experienced. Even the most boring and normal person has done and seen things that few others ever have. Share your life with your readers. It doesn’t have to be non-fiction, maybe your character visited the bathroom and saw a Daddy Long Legs on the wall. Maybe she walked past a department store and could swear the mannequin winked at her. It doesn’t have to be anything complex, but just adding that little spark of real life makes your stories more powerful.

There it is; five reasons to write what you know. You know a lot more than you give yourself credit for. You’ve lived a full, rich life and you need to share it with the world. It might be through poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, but any style of writing can be improved by just knowing what you are writing about.

About the AuthorThis guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger, editor & a knowledge gainer of  being full time nanny.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @



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