There's so many things on my mind, and would like to get it off my chest. But, it's a bit negative and I really do not want to put out that mojo to fester in the universe. Instead, I've decided to talk about writing, I know that this magazine has so many other things to offer, but we are, after all, a literary magazine.

I enter this topic with hopes that the younger generation reads my forthcoming words and find inspiration. As we move forward into future issues, I believe we are going to once again focus on finding younger and more raw talent for The World of Myth.

As I talk about a younger generation, I must admit that makes me feel quite old; I remember my generation (AKA Generation X) was the younglings in the world and the iGen group were just going into elementary school. But now, I'm in my forties and those kids are now adults and looking to pick up as the forthcoming generation to take control.

So, here we go. Writing. Focus. Focus. The first thing I want to convey is people do not simply decide to be a writer, and in fact, I have never met anyone who said that they decided to become a writer. It's more along the lines of, I realized I was a writer back at the age of…, you fill–in the blank. Either, you are a writer or you are not—it is that simple.

It's much like how someone would identify as a male or female, straight or gay, young or old; it's not something that you decided that you are, but rather it is something you are.

As a writer for almost twenty–eight years, I believe I've learned what makes a good story. It's never so much about the adventure as it is about the character. The key to a great story is the ability for the reader to relate to the character, and once you become invested in the character you win as the writer. Play with emotions (humor, fear, lust, you get the idea), draw from your own experience, but beware, if you've never experienced someone close to you dying in front of you or just died in general, I do not recommend writing a drama where the lead is dying of cancer and try to pull an emotional ending if you do not have those emotions to full from.

My mentor once said to me that the more pain a writer suffers through, the better they become as a writer. When I first heard this, I thought it was quite nutty, I mean, I was in my mid–twenties when Terry [Scheerer]first told me that. Though I had not experienced so much by that age, I did try and learn human psychology while I was in high school to be a better writer to compensate for the lack of maturity.

While I do not completely agree with my mentor's ideology, I do suggest that as a writer it is your job to go out and encounter as much as humanly possible. Now, I'm not saying that you cannot train yourself to create an artificial event, that needs emotion to be conveyed, but, I do say that if you have been there and something similar has happened to you as a writer you will transcribe that with more power to your words.

In short, I give you the first and most important rule in writing: Write what you know. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, horror or comedy if you cannot relate to the main character, I guarantee your reader will not either.

Also, no matter what anyone tells you—if you feel writing in your soul DO NOT STOP! Ever! I literally got into a fist fight over it, when I started writing, I was solely into writing comic books (because that was my source in literature… Yes, I just said comics are a form of literature), back in 1990 that was a taboo. People thought that because I was a comic book writer that I was a pushover and tried to bully me. Nowadays, both comic books and being a writer is culturally accepted, but you can see what I mean about being a writer in your soul. Buried so deep inside you that you're willing to go to ole fashion fisticuffs to defend who you are.

My final thought for you writers is to write as much as you can, no matter how good the work is construct sentences over and over, the better you will get in putting together a sentence. And, read, a lot! Whatever you get your hands on, read it and the second most important tool for writers is to as the most important question a wordsmith could ask him or her self: "What if…?"

Asking that single question will open the door to limitless stories that want to be told, and finally, the single most important thing to remember when your writing is to "write for your self," if you hate reading a romantic comedy, chances are you're not going to write the best story in the same genre.

I hope this helps some, and I hope to publish your work one day in this magazine.

With respect to you all!

David K. Montoya
Founder of The World of Myth Magazine
And Other Stuff Too.