I was an avid reader since early childhood and have read everything from newspapers and Reader's Digest to mysteries and autobiographies.
I believe most of us have stories to tell: from our own lives and experiences; from things we've seen and heard; from dreams and ideas that just pop in on dark nights and lazy afternoons. Probably nothng starts a story quite as well as being awake when the storm hits and the lighting is flashing or on a quiet morning with a cup of coffee while taking the time to simply see life around us.
Writing takes the courage to put ourselves down on paper where others can criticize and poke fun. It also takes the desire to reach and inspire others with word pictures; pictures that will enable them to see beyond the moment, to go beyond their own space, and to dream.