I just finished reading Russell Blake’s blogpost. I agree with him. I write my stories with the following in mind:
1. I entertain first. If you are educated or enlightened, or both, in addition to reading a fun story, that is a bonus.
2. You, the reader, deserve and get my utmost respect. Anything I publish is my very best work. I have every intention of my writing skill improving over time, so you will have an even better “best” to look forward to.
3. My stories are between me, the storyteller/writer, and you, the reader. Always and forever. Period. No middleman. Just you and me, guys.