Skip to Content

Write What You Know

I used to hate when people would say that a good writer writes what they know. What did I know? At 20, I went to work for a New York publishing house … that published directories of influential people. Not very exciting. Months later at 21, I left to write for a tiny newspaper in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. It never felt like I knew a lot.

In retrospect, I did. There was the post-grad freakout, which led me to jump careers after just a few months. There was the lack of belonging — not knowing where I really should be living, let alone where I wanted to (hindsight: New York). Friendships changed almost instantly post-college. In hindsight, I was sitting on dozens of ideas that I just couldn’t see.

Now, at 29, I have two kids, two dogs, a husband and a good career. I’m happy. And when I look for inspiration, I need only open my eyes and ears. When my daughter was a baby, I wrote about clothe diapering, breastfeeding and juggling children and a full-time job. When my son started preschool, I wrote about adjusting to school, snacks for preschool and important lessons for young kids. I write about the foods we eat, the places we go and the things we craft.

As it turns out, it’s completely true: if you write about what you know, then your words become passion and your sentences flow. Naturally, you write better and people respond more. It just works.

Simple Pomegranate Spritzer Recipe
Three Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces