Bill McCune was the guest speaker at Phoenix Writers Club on February 15.*
Bill McCune came to Arizona in 1951 as a child. He has since served in the state legislature and produced over 80 television documentaries on Arizona issues and history. He was the political editor at Channel 8 for three years.
He calls himself a voracious reader. One of his writing heroes is Carl Sandburg.
McCune says writers have to make words touch and move the reader. They must have a great imagination and have a story worth telling. He believes the easiest thing to write is pure fiction: Just start writing.
Don’t think too much about the first draft. You can do the “spit and polish” later during rewriting.
Eventually you have to stop writing and give it a final “it’s done.”
* Phoenix Writers Club meets the third Saturday of every month at the Bluewater Grill on East Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting is a luncheon and features a different speaker each month. Visit Phoenix Writers Club to learn more.