I’ve just started reading one of my Christmas pressies – The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics, written by comic-book legend, Dennis O’Neill. I just wanted to share the opening paragraphs with you, as I think they perfectly sum up what every writer should be trying to do. If you’re aiming for a career as an author – take note.

Here’s what I’d like you to do for me:

Make me laugh. Make me cry. Tell me my place in the world. Lift me out of my skin and place me in another. Show me places I have never visited and carry me to the ends of time and space. Give my demons names and help me to confront them. Demonstrate for me possibilities I’ve never thought of and present me with heroes who will give me courage and hope. Ease my sorrows and increase my joy. Teach me compassion. Entertain and enchant and enlighten me.

Tell me a story.

I think I’m going to print that out and pin it above my computer as a reminder of what I should be aiming for with every story I write. Inspiring words from a real master of his craft.

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