5 things you need to become a great author

Luanne Smith talks to Authority Magazine about what it takes to become a great author.

Talk to people. A lot of writers are introverts and are used to sitting alone and writing but the more you talk to people, the more stories you have. When I lived in Philadelphia, I knew all of the panhandlers on my block because I would stop to talk to them. I eventually found out that one person used to be a bus driver and one was a trumpet player. People are interesting if you stop and take the time to talk to them. That way you can bring those facts to your characterizations and, as an editor, bring that to your reading.

– Luanne Smith

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