Writing About What You Know

As we saw in the previous chapter, one of the first pieces of advice any would-be writer learns is to write about what you know.

This can be interpreted as anything from factual articles about a hobby, profession or skill to writing your lifestory. You can be sure that everyone has experience in one area or another that will be of interest to someone else.


Val is a forceful lady in her mid-fifties. She writes clearly and expresses herself well on paper. She has written several articles complaining about a variety of goods and services which, although important to her, are neither topical nor of much interest to anyone else. She has tried to have her articles published in a number of women's magazines but to date, they have all been rejected.

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