... knew he wanted to write as a youngster
Don Murray is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. He has written a number of books pertaining to how to write. He is also a columnist for the Boston Globe.
Don came to the Melrose Mirror meeting on October 20, 2004 at the invitation of SilverStringer advisor, Jack Driscoll.
Don conveys the feeling of a fatherly figure, with his white beard and red suspenders.
In the question and answer period Don explained that one should write about what they see, feel and think. He said to move your thoughts around like a mosaic, and have self-confidence when you write. Write about what makes a difference in your life. Observe what is happening around you, and decide what should or should not be done. He likes to mix tragedy with humor. When he writes about something sad he throws a little humor into the story. Don said that he just lets the words flow.
Well, I came home and decided to write an article about Don Murray's visit, bearing in mind that he said to "let the words flow". I tried, but all I came up with is this disjointed piece of work. Don's talent for writing is a gift. So - I shall enjoy reading his books and articles. Just remember that I tried.
Jack Driscoll, Don Murray, Kay McCarte, John Averell
November 5, 2004