g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Folklore and Mythology
Women's Fashion
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking
Hiking & Backpacking
New Age
Weight Loss

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Teen Site

BellaOnline's Teen Editor


The Essentials of Teen Writing

Guest Author - Dominique Jordan

Write what you know. Thatís it!

I was once told that you should write what you know. Write what you know? It's kind of simple, right? But as human beings, sometimes we can make things more difficult than they really are. Itís almost as if we don't understand simplicity. How can you write what you don't know?

How could you explain something to someone when you didn't understand it in the first place?

But then I looked at my stack of short stories and character summaries of characters that were as different from me as they could get and, for the first time, I understood what people meant when they said that I should right what I know.

You might argue, "No one wants to hear about how I took out the garbage or how I almost crashed into the car in front of me because I was fiddling with the radio. Who cares?"

No matter what you might think, two truths remain: The only way to be a great writer is to write, and the best way to make your writing real is to write what you know. When you write about a character or situation that you understand you are able to give your writing a depth that would not be possible otherwise.

You understand what you are writing. You've been there and your reader can sense that. It is always obvious when a writer truly understands their subject matter.

The words seem to pop and separate themselves from the superficial and the words become real.

When you learn to write what you know, your spirit will resonate through your writing. Your reader will feel the emotions you felt as you were writing those very words on the page. To be honest, that is how one can identify a true writer. A writer can make a reader experience a kaleidoscope of emotions solely through the power of words.

Write what you know! Write about the traumatic experience you had trying to get the toy out of the bottom of the cereal box. Write about that time in second grade when the boy behind you pulled your pigtails and you realize now that he must have liked you and you blushed.

Write about the words that you didn't have as you watched your best friend walk away from you. Chances are someone else has had a similar experience and they will love your writing for giving words to something they couldn't. Write what you know and your words will speak.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Twitter Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Facebook Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to MySpace Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Del.icio.us Digg The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Yahoo My Web Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Google Bookmarks Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Stumbleupon Add The+Essentials+of+Teen+Writing to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Teen Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Dominique Jordan. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Dominique Jordan. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Maverick Promotions Presents Author J. Kahele

Resources for Teens to Share Their Writing

Food for a Party Ė In a Hurry Appetizer Recipes

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor