Write About What You Know

When I attended journalism school at Syracuse University, my professors always taught me to write about what I know. I remember writing a wonderful piece while I studied abroad in England about a equine-related company. I have always loved horses and for most of my life I’ve been an equestrian. I found it easy to fill the story with color and feeling.

That’s why personal essays often seem the easiest form of nonfiction. They come from personal experience. Memoir, too, can feel as if it simply flows from the source of one’s being.

That said, we know many things. We may know how to bake a pie, how to clean a saddle, how to find boys dance tights, how to survive divorce, how to  become healthy after cancer treatment, how to fix a broken toilet.

If you want to break into magazine journalism or to write for e-zines, think of the many topics you might propose. You are, indeed, an expert on something–or many things. If you want to begin creating information products such as e-books, make a list of the problems you can solve for other people that you have solved for yourself. If you have the solution, you are the expert.

As a writer, you possess an endless  number of things to write about if you simply call upon your own knowledge base. Today, start writing about what you know. Start making your knowledge work for you. Begin letting your knowledge earn it’s keep.

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Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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