Early on, writers are told "Write what you know." Although I composed my first story at the age of five, it took me years to feel like I knew anything worth writing.
Then, some years ago, I made a vow to give up my Don Quixote act and stop fighting unwinnable fights - a thing easier said than done. I decided at the very least, I might write about them. Something I knew. Something worth writing. So instead of windmills, now I seek out experiences that need to be deconstructed. I look for the places that I, or someone else, missed the mark and imagine how we might have got it right.
I write about love and its opposite, fear. In my world, that means I also write a lot about things like family, addiction, loss, community, social justice. It also means that I write about small things, even doing laundry, when there's something true, human, and connected inside of it.
Many of us have learned it's the best we can hope for - an honest connection and, if we're lucky, love. I hope you connect with something here. And if I'm lucky, you'll find a word or two to love.