I have been writing for fun (yes, for fun) my entire life. When I was in first grade, my teacher had us write and illustrate our own books throughout the year. That was when I decided I wanted to be a writer.
When I was ten years old, I got to see Ray Bradbury speak. After his appearance, I got to go backstage to get some books signed and talk with the author. I told Mr. Bradbury that when I grew up I wanted to be a writer like him. He put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eye, and said, “You keep working really hard, and I know I’ll see your name on the cover of a book one day.” Best. Moment. Ever.
Over the years, I got busy with not failing out of college, so my writing took a back seat. But during my senior year, I took a fiction workshop, and my passion was rekindled.
I made it out of college and graduate school, and I currently teach English composition at the university level. I tell my students that any writing can be creative writing. So this is one way I continue my dream of being a writer. I also continue to write for fun, which is why I created this blog.
Some people write to teach a moral lesson or make some political commentary. That’s fine. We need people to do those kinds of thing, to make us think about the world around us in new ways. But that’s not why I write. I write to entertain.