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How do you know what to write?

Updated on November 12, 2011

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How Do You Know What To Write About?

Today is Tuesday, June 17, 2003; I am in my home making an effort to write. The Lord told me the other day not to look at the big book but to begin writing small pieces of the book and put them out. In due time the big one will come but for now I need to concentrate on getting the information out of my head to the paper and then to the public. The Lord told me just write. If you just write something down in due time you will see you have written a book. In other words, write what you know.

I've been writing something since I was maybe 12 or 13, but I didn't start keeping a journal until I was 16. Interesting enough, I’ve kept many journals since that time. Not so interesting, though, I have lost some of the journals. But when it comes to writing, it’s best to start with things you know.

When I first decided I wanted to write a book, I was in my late 20’s. I started writing the book with the knowledge I had already accumulated. After about a year, I didn't know what else to say. That book is still in waiting. I still want to move on it, but I don’t know what my focus is going to be. I want it to be a melodrama, but I don’t like being in the midst of drama so that ended that. Then I decided to make it a love story. At that time I had not had the experience of a romance. So that ended that. So the book is still in waiting. Finally, this year, I read an article written by a woman who was paraplegic. She wrote about the challenges of raising her children with her everday condition. She never mentioned that she was handicapped.

While reading the article I could relate to raising children because that’s an experience I have had and continue to experience. Bingo! She went on to say, “write what you know.” All she was really saying is people know when you have had an experience in something. They can feel it in your writing. She is right. I’ve been on the earth more than 50 years. I have a lot of experience in some things and little experience in others. However, I have experiences. So I have a lot to write about. This year, I took the leap of faith and begin to share my writing on the Internet. I feel confident in what I write. I know the subjects.

When the questions comes up “How do you know what to write about?” you should be able to answer it because you have experiences. Just write about them. You’ll be surprised at how many people can relate to what you are saying.

And, you’d be surprised to know how many of them are glad you took the time to write about it and share that experience with them.

Still wondering what to write about? Send me an e-mail at I'll help you discover it.

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      Sherri@NBIM 6 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Dee aka Nonna....thanks for your comments. Keep jotting down those thoughts and actions...before you know'll have a short story, a series or several articles. With Hubpages, you have a lot of freedom to write. If you haven't already submitted a writing piece, I suggest you start. You'll be surprised how much you have to share with others. I signed up with hub 15 months ago. I started submitting articles in Sept 2011. I have 21 hubpages and counting.

      God bless....hope to see you in print soon!............S

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Good sound advice. Things come to me all the time...I jot them down for future reference when I can actually sit and think. My grandchildren serve as another source of information and inspiration. Great job.