A few weeks ago, Mrs. Jenkins, a teacher at Ottawa High School, invited me to speak to her class about what it means to be a writer. Completely flattered, I said yes and then spent the next few weeks wondering what I would say. Luckily for me, Mrs. Jenkins’ class developed a fantastic series of questions. Some of my favorites:
- What is your favorite piece of work you have written?
- How long would you say it takes to write a book?
- Do you wish to become a professional writer like James Patterson, or is it just a hobby?
- Is anyone in your family not supportive of you being a writer?
- When did you decide to become a writer? Why?
These questions really got me thinking about the writing process and reminded me why I love writing. Even on the days when I delete twenty pages because I realize the story is moving in the wrong direction. Especially on the days when I figure out which direction the story should go.
So, just for fun, here’s the presentation I put together so we all have something to stare at in the event that I can’t remember what I was going to say.
We’ll have a good time. I hope. At least, I hope no one falls asleep.