Last nights word at my Toastmasters group was conversant.
Merriam Webster’s definition is:
adjective \kən-ˈvər-sənt also ˈkän-vər-sənt\
: able to talk in a foreign language
Full Definition of CONVERSANT
archaic : having frequent or familiar association
archaic : concerned, occupied
: having knowledge or experience —used with with
Tonight as I was listening to the others work the word into their speeches, I thought about how little this word is used and how rarely I’ve heard it.
You’ve probably heard this one. “Write what you know.”
We tend to talk about and write about subjects we are conversant with. It is more comfortable for us and we have more confidence when writing about or speaking about subjects we know.
This falls into the category of what I call the “comfortable familiar”
It can feel very good to be within whatever is our “comfortable familiar” and we can stay there a long time. Sometimes that’s what we need. But there is little or less growth if we stay there.
It can be a good place for a beginning writer to start. It can be a place to return to when you feel the need.
But to grow, as writers, we have to step outside our “comfortable familiar” sometimes and try new things. Or try old things, but in a different way.
What are your “comfortable familiar” things to write about? Try writing about them in a new way and see what happens.