MasterClass with David Baldacci

I have only read one book by David Baldacci. It was outside of his normal genre and he was roasted in the  reviews because of it. That book (Wish You Well) was enough to make me a fan of his writing. He normally writes political thrillers and suspense novels neither of which is a genre I read often. It frustrates me, though, when fans put such constraints on writers, but I digress.

I am taking his MasterClass — David Baldacci Teaches Mystery and Thriller Writing. I have also taken the classes by Judy Blume and Margaret Atwood that MasterClass offers. Those classes represent quite a mix of writing styles, don’t you agree? Each one has their own style and take on the writing process. It is the aspect I enjoy most. His approach is very different than others even though his genre is far removed from anything I would ever read or write. Or is it? I keep remembering that book about rural Virginia. We share some common threads.

I was delighted to learn he and his wife created a literary foundation supporting literacy in America. This message is taken from his foundation’s website – Wish You Well Foundation. What a great response to those who would criticize choice of subject matter and genre.

Imagine your daily life, the information you process, the decisions you make based on that process, and the actions you take based upon your decisions. Now imagine doing all these things while either being unable to read or reading at a below-average level. Well, you’ve successfully imagined the daily lives of 130 million people, just over half the adult population of the United States. A country that was founded on the principles of free speech, free press, and the freedom of religion — all rights tied inexorably to words — is fast becoming an illiterate nation. The ability to read is the foundation for everyday life. Indeed, virtually none of the major issues we face as a nation today can be successfully overcome until we eradicate illiteracy. That’s why we created the Wish You Well Foundation®. Please join us in this effort.

Reading this makes me like him even more.

In his class he suggests a couple of writing exercises which I found interesting. I may post my take on them here at a later date. If you would like to join in when I do post, I welcome the company.

This leaves me with a question. How much do you care about the authors and writers whose work you enjoy? Do you connect with them based on any of their personal views? Is there anything about a writer that would dissuade you from reading what they write?