The Writing Life

Why I Like to Write

I was reviewing a notebook I began noting in 20 years ago. The very first page was devoted to reasons why I liked to write. From the looks of those first few pages, it must have been some sort of “how to be a writer” exercise.

Nothing has changed except 20 years have passed without much progress.

Don’t let this happen to you.


Sometimes, my mind takes me to places of understanding that are clear like wet ice, and I want to share that clarity with others.


I have always wanted to teach others (at least in the last 30 years). That is because my clarity can be transmitted so others can understand.


I have a gift of inspiration, of being able to raise others’ hearts to greater levels of commitment. I want to do the same with writing.


Though not yet highly skilled, I am somewhat skilled in persuasion in writing. I want to convince others of the rightness of certain thoughts or actions.


I want to entertain in my writing. Entertainment has been a central characteristic of my effectiveness as a trainer and a leader.


I want to note down a history, to record a lifetime of influence. This could be anybody’s life.


I am a lazy guy and I want to have a more flexible day and week than the 9 to 5. I want to travel and work. I want independence.


These are the characteristics of my writing core interests.

What are your core interests?

By John Larson

John is an experienced small business owner, management consultant, project manager, and family man. John has been married since 1967 to the same beautiful bride. He has two sons and eight grandchildren. He makes his home in Carlton, Oregon, USA.

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