How Writers Create Fiction from their Lives

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1. They know the deeper meaning of their story.
2. They raise the stakes of their story.
3. They create a human antagonist if there isn’t one.
4. They shorten the time-frame from real life.
5. The truth never gets in the way of a good narrative.

Robert Markowitz has written personal essays for the NY Times, released three children’s albums of original songs, and played thousands of shows. He holds a law degree from Duke University and has worked as a teacher, an attorney, and a clown. Clown Shoes is his first novel in which he explores mid-life crisis — and passion.

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