Why I Write Reason 25: I Enjoy It

Writing is just fun. What’s not to like? I get to make things up, and use those made-up things to express my feelings and opinions. If I want to be silly, I can be silly. When I need to get things off my chest, I can rant. I can be cheeky and slip in things…

Why I Write Reason 24: I Want to Influence People

There are problems in the world that could be eradicated if more people would change there minds about a few basic things. At the root of everything, I want people to spend more time reading and less time watching things. It doesn’t matter what you read, just read. If you don’t think you like reading,…

Writing Tips: Stephen King

Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is required reading for any writer these days, whether you’re a fan of King’s work or not. It’s candid and heartfelt, and the advice he dispenses has worked for him. Below are some quotes from the book, along with some notes on how his ideas…

Why I Write Reason 23: I Want to Help Other Writers

While other people are free to disagree, I don’t think there’s a specific path to becoming a writer. As long as you pay attention to the basics and continually strive to improve, you can get where you want to go. I don’t have a degree in English Literature or a Master of Fine Arts degree…

Why I Write Reason 22: It Keeps Me Learning

Being informed is a quality of life issue. I like to know the facts about what’s happening in the world, especially if it might affect people I care about. Having the critical thinking skills to separate fact from fiction makes it harder for people to manipulate and control me. Being able to make informed decisions…