Writing is the freedom to express thoughts and ideas, whether in creative fiction or narrative nonfiction. Primarily a contributor to the nonfiction genre, I have the privilege of writing about what I know from many years of experience here on planet Earth :). But in all seriousness, I first test my ideas on my own blog, Country View, and also on various other sites. If it catches on by inspiring readers' interest, I then consider expanding the idea into book form.
How do you get inspired to write?
I remind myself of three mentors who have had the most positive impact on my writing: my 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Wagner, who shared with me that my three act play (about a surfing contest in Cape Hatteras) was the best she had read from years of assigning the project to students, and insisted that I take my writing ability seriously; Norma Grasso, a humanities professor at my alma mater who rescued me from muckraking at the student newspaper and taught me how to write an inspiring lead supported by a well researched and written body; and my wife, Suzan, who simply inspires me to "write."
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