Barack Obama's Writing Advice

Posted on July 15, 2008

Barack Obama gave out some writing advice the other day, in response to a question from a supporter.

There was one question in particular of interest to us book lovers, and that came from a woman who asked what Obama would say to young writers. He was surprised by the question, which he admitted was one he hadn't heard before, but didn't hesitate to answer. He referenced his two books, and specifically mentioned how he wrote them himself, along with many of his speeches. With a light inflection, he said, "In terms of getting a job, knowing how to write is a good thing."

He talked about how he kept a journal, and how it was important for teaching him not only how to write, but also how to think. But my favorite part was when he said, "Over the course of four years I made time to read all of the Harry Potter books out loud to my daughters. If I can do that and run for president, then you can find time to read to your kids. That's some of the most special time you have with your children."

He hadn't heard that question before? That's amazing. By now, he must have been asked thousands of questions about everything under the sun. Perhaps there aren't many writers who go to political rallies (other than journalists and bloggers) because they're too busy writing.


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