Write what you know. Seems simple enough. I like dogs, so I should write about dogs. Right? Not quite.

I am lucky enough to be in an extremely talented critique group. Trail Mix (hey-ho!). As I read my colleagues work, picture books to young adult novels, I can’t help notice how their stories, their ideas, reflect their individual interests, hobbies, goals, achievements, mistakes—experiences.

Each story is filled with rich details of their lives.

I spent the last six months creating my newest novel. As I go through it with a fine toothcomb, I notice the same holds true for my story.

As writers, I hear that we all have a unique story within us, one that no one else can tell.

It’s true. I’m reading my story and smiling because I can see it in my own writing—the people I’ve come across, places I’ve been, struggles I’ve either had myself or seen in others, and my hopes. How I want to wrap up the problem’s of the world.

It’s pretty fascinating.

Whether you are a writer, an artist, a teacher, a manager, a parent, a friend, or … whatever it is you do, we each bring all our experiences to our job every day, crafting life into what we wish it to be.

The medium may vary. The outcome is the same. How do you envision life? How can you make it better?

Write what you know.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shanda
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 21:29:04

    What a cool post, Colleen! You are SO right!


  2. colleenbennett
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 21:43:50

    Thanks! And by the way … it’s also very clear in illustrations.
    For those of you that haven’t already done so, go check out Shanda’s amazing illustrations at: http://www.shandamc.com


  3. Terri
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 23:12:23

    Oh Colleen, Love your thoughts..And so True xoxo


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