Write What You Know

Today a rare, non-writing related posting.

Friday was the ceremony marking my retirement after thirty-three years of service in the United States Army. More than three decades and during much of that time, my writing, (ok, it is a writing related posting) was inhibited. We are always told to “write what you know.” If I’d written what I knew, fiction or nonfiction, I risked losing everything in the military for I served under the entire lifespan of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

In retrospect – I wish I had written more and published what I’d written. What is written reflects the culture, good and bad. When social change is needed, it often is explored through literature, theater and song.

So get out there and write. Write what you know, and what you want to know in the future. Vicki Hudson Army Retirement Ceremony

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