David Maloof is a nonfiction writer who has published
. . . personal essays, critical essays, book reviews, feature articles and news stories
. . . on arts, travel, education, sports, food, government, books, business,
. . . in The Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Reader's Digest, and other magazines and newspapers
in DFM's words
"When my oldest sister was away at college, instead of writing her a letter I created a hand-written 'newspaper' telling her what was happening at home. I enjoyed doing this – creating something out of just 26 letters and their seemingly infinite possibilities.
"When I got to college, I majored in English and took every writing course that was available; I wanted more writing courses, but that would come later.
"My first paid published work, when I was 22, was a humorous essay on baseball that appeared in Ford Times magazine – "Ford" as in the car. But it was when I had an (also-humorous) op-ed piece in the Boston Sunday Globe – a paper I had read many times, and seen in other people's hands, and that on one glorious Sunday had transformed something 'clack-clacked' out on my portable typewriter to something read by strangers around New England – that I felt that, 'Hey, maybe I am a writer?'
"I began working full-time at newspapers. I also wrote fiction – short stories and a novel – none of which were published. This experience taught me about creativity in writing. It also taught me to stick to nonfiction writing. And working full-time at newspapers taught me about discipline and deadlines, but also that I was not a reporter who writes; I'm a writer who reports.
"When I returned to my alma mater to study for my graduate degree, I again took every writing course I could, and also squeezed in an Independent Study. I had just begun teaching, and a serendipitous combination – teaching writing, studying writing itself and the teaching of writing, and actually writing –
helped me become a better writer. I had gone back to school to get a credential to teach others to write better; the unexpected bonus was that it taught me what I planned to teach others.
"I feel fortunate that I was able to become a writer, and if I had a tattoo, it might say Born To Write. I will never have a tattoo. But, if I do . . . "