Write about what you know

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You may have heard me tell my story before. I was in the Air Force for 28 years. During my first duty station I had a stalker. At the time it was scary and difficult to live through. After a number of years, it became the basis for my first book, The Obsession.

Many people find it easier to write about what they know. It may be an experience, a location, a situation, or even a dream. But they start from their own lives, whether they are writing fiction or nonfiction. For me it was a stalker. For Amy Voltaire, it was growing up in a home with an alcohlic (My Name is Erin, and My Mom’s an Addict). For Anthony Browne, it was the loss of his daughter to Multiple Sclerosis.

In Life and Loss: A Family Confronts Multiple Sclerosis, Anthony shares his experience in the hopes that it will help others going through a similar situation. Losing a loved one is never easy. Anthony wants to ease the pain by allowing others to learn from some of the pitfalls he fell into along the way.

Writing can be cathartic when it allows you to express your feelings or change the outcome of a tragic event. It is also a teaching tool.

Author Susan Custard has written three books she uses when teaches her human resource classes as part of Custard Consulting. If you are the expert teaching the class, why not write your own book to teach from? Check out her Managing the Maze series and think about what you have to offer.

There is a book inside of you. Bring it out and share what you know with the world.