Yes, writing “normal” will get more predictable results, just as they did for hundreds of novelists back in the 20s and 30s. Funny we don’t know of them now, even though they wrote so predictably and were popular and possibly even made some money. We find odd copies in old book stores and libraries, often dog-eared. They had wonderful banners like “The most amazing story of this generation—or any generation!” but the writing was poor, the ideas over-played. If that’s what you mean by “predictable results,” then, sure, that’s what lots of people want and, I’m sure, we’ll go down as the generations who produced more forgettable authors than any other.

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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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