Why I Write Reason 19: It Connects Me with People

When you buy one of my books, something I created is in your home. It’s on your laptop, your tablet, your phone. You may not know anything about me beyond what I wrote in that book. I’ll likely never know anything about you, because I can’t see who reads every book. But we’re connected now.…

Why I Write Reason 18: It Gives Me Confidence

“Bad writers tend to have self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.” Charles Bukowski There’s not other way to explain this other than to come out and say it: I don’t write because it gives me confidence about writing. I write because it gives me confidence about myself, my abilities, and the control…

Why I Write Reason 17: I t’s a Form of Meditation

In my normal meditation practice, I sit zazen for a period of time each day. The length that I set varied, depending upon a number of factor that include what how I’m feeling physically and how much time I have to devote to the practice. I get myself comfortably into position, clear my mind, and…

Writing Tips: Ray Bradbury

In 2001 Ray Bradbury gave the keynote address at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium By the Sea. I’ve picked through the advice he gave, which you can watch on the video below, and added my own thoughts. Don’t start out writing novels. You don’t start out running marathons, you run shorter distances in order…

Why I Write Reason 16: I Want to Help the World

This is going to sound arrogant to some people, but I hope that you’ll allow me to explain. I write because I want to help the world. I know that I’m not curing cancer or bringing about lasting peace in the Middle East, so don’t go there. I know that what I do isn’t particularly…