Skip to content

One piece of advice for bloggers: write what you know

Young girl watering the garden

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.

Girl playing

As a child, I loved to play “pretend” – here, I’m probably a duck or an emu!

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.

For additional inspiration, you might like these 20 quotes from Mark Twain on writing or my Pinterest board.

Young girl watering the garden

Watering the garden on the farm was good thinking time.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kate,

    Your childhood sounds just like mine. My sister Jacki and I didn’t have TV until we were in our teens. So everything was what we could dream up in our imagination. Writing what you know, means your writing from the heart!

    I am so looking forward to your first book and the books to come after that! You are inspiring!

    Ps love the pictures!


    May 16, 2014
  2. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add
    to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something
    like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward
    to your new updates.


    May 22, 2014
    • Thank you for the wonderful feedback 🙂 As you may have noticed from my blog, I use WordPress and it has a widget you can add to your website that automates new post titles through to your public Twitter feed. But first you need to configure the widget in Twitter ( I imagine most platforms like WordPress or Blogger would have the functionality to automate posts from your site through to Twitter. However, if you’re using a custom website, you would probably have to ask you web developer to write a script that would allows this to happen. I hope this is helpful.


      May 22, 2014

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. How meeting the Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough – inspired me | inspired mood
  2. How I started blogging and why I write for me first | Inspired Mood
  3. Health and wellbeing benefits of owning a dog | Inspired Mood

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: