Today, Henry David Thoreau is considered among the greatest of all American writers and the intellectual inspiration for the conservation movement.
While I love his quote above, and believe that if we each work on being better as a person we will have influence in our world, I do not agree that he is the greatest of all American writers.
We have many writers who have come and gone, who are also great in their own right. I think there is room for all of them. Don't you?
I think we can all strive to write better, learn more, and be in the moment as a person and as a writer.
Over the years, I have enjoyed many different genres and authors. I always try to read books written by new authors and follow some of them; and like all writers, the more they write, the better they become.
As a reader, I am cautious about what I read. If I am going to spend my time reading a book, I want to know the book will either be entertaining or informative. We all have certain core values as people, and I want to protect my core values and not allow things I read or see to erode my values. So that is why I am cautious.
It is important that writers know their readers, and that readers know their writers. When the two mesh it becomes an excellent relationship between the two.
What we believe is important, whether we are writing or just living each day. Let us try to leave something worthy to make the world a better place for those who are still here in writing and living.
Susan Reichert, author of Listen Close, Between Me and You, God’s Prayer Power and Storms in Life. Published numerous magazine articles and stories in 9 anthology books. Speaker at writing conferences, seminars, and libraries.
She is the founder of Southern Author Services, and Editor of Suite T. She is the retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Reichert has a passion for writing about God in devotionals, prayers, and inspirational works.
She and her husband live in Tennessee. They have four grown daughters with families of their own. Susan is a member of the DAR and a member of the First Families of Mississippi
Visit Susan at: https://www.susanlreichert.com/