Why Write?

I designed an entire course, How To Write in 90 Minutes, for people who have to write and aren’t prepared for the occasion. People who haven’t been trained and are starting a new business or going to school or have to give a speech. But it’s also for people who just like to write and want to get better. People who love movies or sports… and want to write about them. You feel that urge to put down your thoughts, whether it’s for a career or just a hobby. But you feel it.

If that’s the case, this post is for you.

In my course, I explore the craft of writing. The “how.” But the “why,” matters much more when we feel it and when we want to pursue it. When we long to express what we think in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.

Now I know that may sound very “English,” BUT IT’S TRUE.

When I was young, like most writers, I lived in libraries and second hand bookstores. I was quite happy to peruse and read for hours. But it wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized my urge to write. Reading was no longer enough. I wanted to tell my own stories. And so I did.

In the beginning, they were bad. Very bad.

I had no idea what I was doing. I bought writing books and continued to write. And read. Along the way I became connected to a young editor just establishing her business, an editor who would also go on to write a number of bestsellers (Erin Healy), and the growth was immediate.

My career took a different course than I’d imagined, but part of that was because I loved all forms of writing. Short. Long. Essays. Novels. All of it was a journey. All of it a different chess match. But the “why” never waned.

I wrote because I was a writer. Always seeking to be better. Seeking to be more informed. And then, as I grew, seeking to help others on the journey.

The “why” doesn’t matter for everyone. And when you’re young, you may just think its another tool.

It is. But for those of you who are thinking about it in different terms, you can get better. And you can do it quickly.

I was lucky. I ran into a brilliant young editor who took me under her wing. She showed me what was possible.

How To Write in 90 Minutes is my chance to do the same for you. And while I’d love for you to take the course, I’m happy if you keep coming back to this blog and learning.

Listen, I know what it’s like to live on soup and beans. This blog is free. And I look forward to helping you anyway I can.

Write, my friend. Write.

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