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W. Wilson Rawls


Dreams Can Come True
A Special Message from Wilson Rawls:
portrait of W. Wilson Rawls

For Those Who Want To Be Writers:

Even though I can't tell you how to be a writer, maybe I can give you some pointers.

Do a lot of reading. Study the style of a lot of authors you admire but do not try to copy their style. You will have to find a style of your own. Write in a way that is natural for you.

Read all the books you can find on creative writing. Your librarian can help you find books that will help you.

Do not wait to start writing. You are never too young to start. Your first story should be based on something you know well. Make it exciting. Do not worry about grammar and punctuation on your first draft. The important thing is to get the story down on paper. It will probably need a lot of revising and rewriting. You can worry about grammar and punctuation then. Remember, the more you write, the better you will be.

Don't get discouraged. If you can keep trying and don't give up, you will make it some day. The road can be rough but the day you see your work in print makes it all worth it.

Best of luck!

Sincerely,

Wilson Rawls


Rawls' Homepage This information was drawn from the materials collected by Madelaine Love in 1997 as a part of the "Woodrow Wilson Rawls: Dreams Can Come True" research project funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Falls Public Library. The original interview tapes and transcripts, photographs and other materials are housed in the Idaho Room of the Idaho Falls Public Library and used with permission. Any use without permission is expressly forbidden.
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