What do you love most about life? Have you written about it? What dominates your thinking? Are you writing about it? On what subject are you uniquely qualified to speak as an expert? Will you write about it?
When we write about what really matters to us we write with an unparalleled passionate, intense energy and in-depth insights that compel the reader to dive into our story. The voice of the piece, the anecdotes and the emotional connection readers feel about the story then commits them to stay with us for the entire journey.
In April, I had my father’s story (A Survival Guide for Alzheimer’s Caregivers) published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled, “Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias.” Last week, another story appeared in a CSS book. On September 16, “Reboot Your Life” was released nationwide. This anthology contains 101 stories of how people climbed out of a rut to find new paths to happiness.
My article is entitled, “Time of Possession” and shares how I connected with my two sons when they were very young and I worked out of my home as a freelance advertising writer and executive speechwriter. The story illustrates how their childhood love of playing football together bonded us forever. The story concludes with a poignant message of how “time of possession” is critical in both football and raising kids.
I’ve noticed that when I write about the things that matter most to me, those are the things that are most often published.
So, if you’re wondering what you should write about ask yourself two questions. What do you care most about? What are you yearning to say about it?
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