My name is Don Sloan. I began TheEssentialWriter as a way of showcasing the talents of Indie writers, and as a place to access tips, information and inspiration on the craft of writing.

Whether you are an author, a freelance writer or just love to journal, you’ll find something here that you can use most any day.

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What’s my story?

I and my lovely wife of 39 years are living in the mountains of western North Carolina, where I can sit on my back deck and gaze across a valley filled with Fraser fir Christmas trees.

I am permanently disabled with severe spinal stenosis that limits my mobility. But that’s okay. I’ve got my laptop and a high-speed WiFi connection, so life is very good. 🙂

If you’d like to drop me a note sometime, or have feedback about this site, visit the Contact page or email me at don@TheEssentialWriter.com. I’d love to hear from you.