About Richard Ewald

Writing about yourself is always awkward, even for a writer. It's an exercise in selective storytelling. Your job is to piece together a coherent storyline that will benefit readers, even if only for its entertainment value.

Given that ... here's my story ...

Prologue

I recently read the book The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller, and I instantly fell in love with it. It's an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to achieve anything beyond the ordinary ho-hum of everyday life. Keller encourages people to think big and go small.

A model he presents for doing that is to start by deciding on your Purpose (a big "someday" goal), which naturally flows into discovering your Priority (the next major milestone toward your "someday" goal), and ends with picking the single action or task that you can do right now, which he calls your ONE thing, and which when done repeatedly generates your Productivity.

Purpose

I decided to pick a big, kinda scary, goal for my life. This purpose has grown over time, and I'm sure it will continue to evolve. But right now it's this: To help millions of people (including myself) become better writers.

Although I have countless interests in life (I'm basically curious about everything), the three main passions in my life have been (1) computer programming, (2) writing, and (3) teaching. These all began in earnest during my preteen and teen years and have shaped the course of my education and career.

I learned to program computers when I was ten years old, and this passion has carried me through most of my adult life by providing steady employment and enjoyment. It pays well and is rarely boring. My other two passions, however, have not been idle. My goal now is to transition my career away from technology (which, as much as I love it, does lose its luster after a few decades).

I started my first novel around age thirteen. I loved the process of inventing (and discovering) new characters and storylines, and mostly trying to piece them all together into something other people could understand and enjoy. In many ways, writing is like solving a giant jigsaw puzzle, except that you're also drawing the picture and running the jigsaw at the same time that you're trying to put it back together.

In college, where I was originally studying to become a professor of Classical Greek (see how the third passion fits in there?), I studied creative writing, and spent a lot of time honing my craft. The energetic exchange of ideas among us young collegians is an experience I've never forgotten, and one that is difficult to reproduce in the "real" world outside the university.

Fast forward several years. I wrote a novel that I really like (during some slow years in my programming career). It's a fun, fast-paced suspense story (a kidnapping caper). As the indie publishing world grew up around me, I decided to jump in headfirst, and I published Sierra Girls on Smashwords and Amazon. It has received many nice reviews, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Priority

I'll keep the rest of this short and sweet, as the story is still being written …

After much soul searching, self-study, and a handful of false starts, I decided what the next major milestone will be, which will lead me toward achieving my big scary goal of helping millions of people (including myself) become better writers.

This website, ePrompts.com, is a platform to help writers improve their craft. Its initial focus is offering a wide variety of free writing prompts, together with much of the writing advice I've picked up over the years.

I have many big ideas for adding more value to this website. I want it to be a place writers will come, knowing that they will find jewels that will help them as they pursue their craft. The next major feature that will come online in 2017 will be a monthly newsletter which will feature reviews of books on writing. Volume One will review my favorite: On Writing, by Stephen King.

Productivity

Not much to say here, other than I will keep focusing on adding value. As a lifelong writer, I know what the struggles are. I know what sorts of knowledge and information have helped me over the years, and I will be compiling it all here, day by day, one word at a time (as Stephen King says).

Stay tuned …


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