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How to Plan Your First Book

“I think it’s usually a good time to write a book when you go to the library or the bookstore and the book you want to read isn’t there,” explained Michael Meyer in that video interview. He’s the author of the book, “The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed,”and shared some simple, powerful advice for aspiring creative nonfiction writers.

Meyer was one of the ten writers honored at the 25th annual Whiting Writers’ Awards last week. GalleyCat prowled the aisles of the 2009 Whiting Awards, interviewing a number of the winners about their writing lives, the recession, and the future of literature. The ten recipients each took home a $50,000 award for their literary efforts.

Here’s more about the author: “The Minnesota native has lived for the past two of his 10 years in China in one of the courtyard neighborhoods – called hutong – first settled 800 years ago, whose narrow lanes run mazelike through the center of Old Beijing.”

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