When you write a book, any book, you first have to ask “What is this about?” Secondly, you have to ask “Will anyone be interested?” When you’ve done that, you have the basis for starting. In Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Stop Worrying and Get On With Living,” he points out that all the successful individuals he interviewed used the same technique: “What’s the worse that can happen? Can I live with that? What can I do to improve the situation?” Those are the questions — or core principles — behind every major decision made by great industrialists, newspaper barons — even doctors.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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