"Q: What has to happen on page one, and in chapter one, to make for a successful book that urges you to read on?"
"One of two things, hopefully both. I have to give you an interesting character who you can either root for or against. And second, something has to happen. I don’t mean that someone has to die or something has to get blown up. You just have to present some sort of conundrum, problem, or issue that this character, who you’ve hopefully begun to grow interested in over the first few pages, has to overcome.""Q: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?"
"Baldacci: Don’t write what you know about, write what you’d like to know about.""Q: Talk us through your writing process."
"Baldacci: I’m not a words-per-day kind of guy. I always felt that if you have an artificial number, it probably means that you don’t want to be writing, anyway. If you say, okay I do 2000 words, but what if the next words would’ve been fantastic?"
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