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Question #3


Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, many things.

1. Find an interesting character and put him/her in Chapter 1. And don't let that character get away.

2. Character development must be steered by a strong story line. Otherwise, you are writing a fictional memoir.

3. Visualize a scene and sketch out major thoughts on a large notepad, not as an outline but as a rough map.

4. Too much narration causes word dams. Keep the story moving.

5. Use dialogue to describe your characters. Let the reader "see" your characters through conversation.

6. The writer offers a dream; the reader constructs the reality. Don't get in the reader's way.

7. Behind humor and comedy lies the face of sorrow. Clowns know it best.

8. Don't eat too many Chinese fortune cookies.

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