The Craft of Writing – Read a Lot

I’ve gotten a lot of email from fans asking me how I write and how I got published. Thanks, by the way, to everyone who wrote me to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. It is always great to get personal feedback. Rather than write each of you back individually, which would be a part time job, I decided to make a series of videos about the craft of writing.

This is the first in the series – Read a Lot and Write a Lot!


Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed it. Hit me with your questions or comments. And if you have ideas for specific topics you would like me to tackle, let me know. I can’t promise I’ll answer all of your questions, but I’ll try my best.

2 thoughts on “The Craft of Writing – Read a Lot

  1. That baffles me. If someone doesn’t enjoy books, why in the world would he or she want to be an author? 🙂 I’m sure you’re right in pointing out that most people have no idea how much hard work is involved.

    You mentioned people who haven’t read since high school (and didn’t enjoy it then). I’ve been a bookworm all my life, but I think English teachers inadvertently put people off literature by forcing them to read things that don’t interest them. Some wonderful classic novels were almost ruined for me forever because teachers pushed them on me when it was simply the wrong time in my life to appreciate them. 🙂

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    • It is true that many ( if not the vast majority ) of English teachers do more harm than good when they hoist the “classics” on children. Forcing kids to read Tom Sawyer is a recipe for disaster. Modern children, steeped in technology, music and video games have no point of reference. They are simply unable to relate to Tom’s adventures. Now, we could lament the state of post-modern childhood in first world countries, but that would do little to rectify the problem. The only way to interest kids in reading, is to offer them reading material that they will find interesting instead of boring the socks off of them.

      Children naturally develop a passion for movies because they are subject to movies that entertain them. Imagine if we forced children to watch “the classics” before they were allowed to watch fun movies! I can just imagine classrooms full of 1st graders being forced to sit through Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind. They’d likely never watch another movie again. Instead we give children movies that are appropriate to their age and interests. Why do we do the exact opposite with books?


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