Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:03 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Rod Decker on Writing
Rod Decker discusses writing and storytelling.
SHAUNA LAKE: Was writing always a passion of yours?
ROD DECKER: No.
SHAUNA LAKE: Storytelling, no?
ROD DECKER: No, no, no. I can write TV stories pretty easily because I do it every day for so long, but I try writing other things and mostly it’s very painful, very hard. I drink too much. I have evil thoughts. I do anything other than write.
SHAUNA LAKE: But you wrote a book.
ROD DECKER: I did.
SHAUNA LAKE: You’re a published author.
ROD DECKER: I wrote a book and it took me 20 years, and it didn’t turn out so well. Then I’m writing another. I’m going to have another one out in a year or two which took me I guess another 10 or 15 years as well.
SHAUNA LAKE: Okay back up. If you don’t love to write, why do you write TV news stories every day and why have you written two books?
ROD DECKER: Well it’s easy…I sort of feel like I ought to write. It’s easy to write TV stories. I can do that pretty easily, but it’s hard for me to write books. Writing at the Deseret News I got so I could do it pretty well and pretty easily. But it never got…for the most part, it never got really easy. It wasn’t easy when I started, and I thought being a writer was sort of my idea of being respectable. It still kind of is. It’s still something that I want very much to have done. I don’t want much to do it.
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