How Do You Write?

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That’s been a frequent question I’ve gotten lately. “What do you write?” Or “How do you write it?”

And it’s one I love answering. Because I’m still discovering what works the best for me myself.

Because I’ve started writing about real people, the first thing I have to do is begin identifying what I need to come up with a blueprint of their lives. Usually, that is at least one nonfiction biography source. Sometimes, I’ll only have one, but for others, I may find several. Who were their best friends? Their spouse? Acquaintances of theirs in the movie business? All of these are potential books or data sources to be mined for information– life events, funny stories that I can use, personality traits I need to make sure to feature… all of it.

Where did they live? Did they move around? Did they have a favorite vacation spot? I need…

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