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I Love To Read, Therefore I Write!

Several years ago, during a period in which I had lost my job and had no immediate prospects for another job, I had the luxury of time to read. One long weekend, I read "Three Weeks With My Brother", a novel by Nicholas Sparks. After reading it, I discovered that he had received a million-dollar advance for writing this book. My first response was, "Wow! A million dollars! I mean, the book was good, but I can write that well!" And so began my journey to become a published author.

It has been, as the Grateful Dead said, "..a long, strange trip..". It has taken me on a wild rollercoaster ride between hope and despair. But I have persisted, sure in the belief that one day, my name would be at the top of that bestseller list in the New York Times. I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm working hard at it every day. I have three books for sale on Amazon: A Spy At Home, Hazardous Choices, and my latest, A Mormon Massacre - a scorching expose of the abuses of the LDS Church. They are available in both ebook and paperback format, and I'm proud of all of them.

My journey continues; I'm in the process of editing another novel, and I'm doing research for a nonfiction book about the differences between cultures in their treatment of people with disabilities, primarily Down syndrome. I believe this book will touch many people and make an impact on their outlook.

And so, my story continues. I have a day job and am not financially in a position yet to write full-time, but I know that if I persist, I will be one day.
Anyway, that's MY dream. What's yours?
JRinaldo JRinaldo 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 2, 2013

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First, I applaud your perseverance and self-confidence. As a writer myself I well understand the emotional trails. As for your "name at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List," I would have to question your motives for writing in the first place. Is it to share a story? To make a living? Or, to achieve fame and fortune? As an on- again-off again television writer [among other things], I meet people all the time who talk about writing as if it were simply a vehicle to achieve notoriety, rather than a passion for writing. Some of the world's greatest works were written because they couldn't not be. Writing to gain affirmation from an adoring public is the very last way to achieve greatness, In my humble opinion. It takes real courage to write for ones self. Good luck, anyway.