For 23 years, I've been “Head of Everything” as a freelance multi-media writer, editor and producer/consultant for the web, print, video, and social media. I've written freelance for national, regional and local magazines -- Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Success Magazine, SCORE (Canada), Jacksonville Today -- on lifestyle, golf, travel, humor, and tourism attractions.
But almost all my life, from childhood, I've written, written, written -- stories, essays, poems, columns, plays, book-length letters. You name it. As a teen, I kept a “log” of my experiences as an 18 year old on an ill-fated bus tour of Europe. That trip became the basis for my first novel What You Don’t Know Now. Just in my normal, conversational life, I tell stories about whatever has happened, complete with subplots, tangents, descriptive details -- one of my best friends says I draw whole verbal diagrams. I think in metaphors.
I write because I'm fascinated by life and people. I love learning. I love the experiences I have, and using those experiences in my fiction and non-fiction. Going into a world of your own creation, having characters come alive and speak for themselves -- it's magical. And when you've written something -- shot it into the air like an arrow, and it connects with some unknown reader within their mind, heart, and imagination, it's the best.
I'd love to hear from you. Tell me what you think about what I've written. They say writing is a lonely pursuit -- and it is, if you never get any feedback. Join me on social media! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as @writerdiehl.