Hi, my name is Dan and I’m an addict…
I am addicted to writing. I have supported my addiction through teaching, sales, website maintenance, copy writing, ghost writing, affiliate marketing, and the support of my hardworking and loving wife.
I call myself an addict because if I don’t write everyday I go into withdrawal and depression. When this first started happening I thought I stopped writing because I was depressed and withdrawn. One day I realized if I wrote every day I felt better.
I am a student of the world. I love to learn new things and twist them into stories and poems.
I have a strong education in marketing and sales for small businesses because during my twenty plus years as a full time sales professional I had to learn how to sell and generate new business. I honed my copy writing skills through trial and error on my own dime. I studied the masters and learned from them.
As much as I enjoy sitting down with my partners and clients and giving business tips and encouragement it wears me out. I am an introvert. I get exhausted from going out on sales calls and doing presentations and at the end of the day I just want to sit down enjoy a glass of wine and relax while reading a book.
I usually write early in the morning. I find my thoughts flow better then. It is also the only time when I’m not out looking for new clients and partners to support my addiction. My side business is a great way to meet new people, build relationships, have some fun and earn some money. (A growing number of business people use it instead of hiring me to write for them because they believe the gurus who say “Anybody can write”; that’s a rant for another day.)
My goal and my dream is to support myself as a writer and to enjoy life with my wonderful wife and dog.
My addiction started early in life. I started reading at a young age and that got me writing and building my creative brain. My addiction has led me down some interesting paths and enabled me to enjoy life because I see things that other people don’t. One of the downsides of my addiction is the problems that occur when I don’t feed it. My writing addiction is easy to feed… all I have to do is write. It doesn’t have to be great writing or even a complete story but I have to write.
I may never become as well known as Dan Kennedy, David Garfinkel, Steven King, Oprah Winfrey, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Jeff Goins, Seth Godin, J.D. Salinger, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury – you get my drift. I will however write and write and write. I am a writer.