Write What You Know

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I always thought being a Christian fiction writer was the next thing to sainthood. Not only did the author write the most entertaining story possible, but they also left the reader with a message. Their story had a purpose.

When I decided to write fiction I struggled with all the criteria I felt I needed to meet. Would my story be believable? Could I show Christ like I wanted to? Would my words sound preachy? I stressed over my fears for months until I remembered a simple quote from Mark Twain that set me free.

“Write what you know.”

I am a Christian. I live a Christian life because of my love for Christ. I strive to do good, but so often fail. I know what it means to live in a fallen world. I know heartache and other emotions—sorrow, joy, fear, disappointment, struggle with vengeance—all the makings of a great novel.

So I write what I know.

Nowadays my challenge has changed. Writing has taken on a different meaning. I need to be selective in sharing what I know. What experiences do I know that could connect with readers? What emotions can I express on the page that would connect with a reader to pull from them their own emotions? Sorrow? Joy? Disappointment? Struggle with vengeance?

I still read novels by others so I can learn more about my craft. I go to writers conferences to sharpen my skills as well as participate in critique groups to stay connected with like-minded people.

But I always come back to what I know.

I challenge you to do the same. Attend this fall’s writers conference. Connect with fellow writers on Facebook and share your ideas. And write what you know. You’ll be a blessing to others when you do.

 

 

9 thoughts on “Write What You Know

  1. Great advice . I have wrote a book ( unpublished) nonfiction about all the strange coincidence in my life … That could only be GOD .. You are right .. Write what you know ! Not sure how to go about getting published .. Writers conference ? What conference are you attending ?
    Blessings to you ,
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for the comment!

      There are great conferences to attend. Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, NC holds my heart. There’s also Mount, Hermon in Felton, CA. They’re incredible places to meet agents and publishers. You can always stay closer to home. Check them out!

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