One piece of advice for bloggers: write what you know
When I was a little girl, I had a great imagination. Growing up on the family farm, 55km from the nearest town, I had to enjoy my own company. I played a lot and created things; tree houses and sandcastles; drawing and colouring; crafting cars from cardboard boxes. Mostly I loved ‘make believe’, and in particular I loved pretending I was a puppy. True story.
My first day of kindergarten was spent crafting, but colouring between the lines and cutting out circles soon became tedious. To this day, my teacher recalls when I raised my hand and so seriously enquired: “Excuse me Mrs Hoare, but when are we going to learn to read and write?” When I finally learned these skills, I always enjoyed “story writing” time.
The first writing competition I entered (the Year 1 section at the Nyngan Show in 1993) was themed “Change”. While others wrote about clothes, car parts and the seasons, I wrote about my escapades as a puppy. Because, as I recall the last line of the story went, “that is what I can change into”. (I won first prize of $2.)
For all the writing I’ve done and continue to do, it seems that words around my personal tales, challenges, and experiences are the best received – from my puppy tale, to my sugar-free challenge, and to my most recent project. I can certainly attest to Mark Twain’s advice: “write what you know”.
So. That’s my advice too for any aspiring writers/bloggers out there. Be authentic. Be vulnerable (vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity). Be dedicated. Be passionate.