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  • Writer's pictureHarris L. Kligman

How I Write A Novel

Updated: Mar 23

Author Harris L. Kligman sat with us to describe his unique writing style. According to the Author, People have often inquired how I began writing? How do I transform my ideas into a storyline and develop my characters? What do I include in my outline regarding the story I propose to write? And other similar type questions. First of all, I have never taken a writing course, I have written a number of term papers in undergraduate school and a thesis as a requirement for getting my MBA degree, but that doesn't equate to writing a fiction novel. Fast forward to my retirement and a nudge by my youngest son, Rob, to briefly tell him what I did and why I was away so much of the time. That started off my writing career. What I envisioned as a page or two describing what I did, where I did it, and the people I interacted with, turned into a 370 page novel. From that point on, it was simply deciding on a title and then starting to write. I have an unorthodox style of writing. I never make an outline or position paper to frame my storyline or introduce my characters. I simply sit at the computer and begin. I have no idea what I will write about or where the writing will lead me. I usually write in the morning from about 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. Then I call it a day. The next morning I reread the last few lines of where I left off the previous day, and go from there. Simply put, it works for me. I have eleven books of historical, mystery, and adventure fiction now in published form, ten books on audio, and I am working on my twelth novel. I draw from the varied places I visited during my thirty-five year career: South America, Africa and the Far East. The latter where I lived for approximately four and a half years in Seoul, South Korea. The places, situations and happenings are the essence of my storyline. I embellish where necessary, but that doesn't happen too often. The majority of situations are based on experiences I have had in part or total. I have met and interacted with a number of men and women, some good, some bad, and some in between. I use these people as the basis for my characters. Both my civilian career and my twenty year military career as a Reserve Army Intelligence Officer and Infantry Officer, have provided me with a wealth of experiences that I draw from. I enjoy writing and creating something from nothing. I enjoy making a storyline and characters come to life and providing my readers with hours of enjoyment. I always try to include facts in my novels, where the reader can learn things that they might not know or might not have experienced. If I had to sum up what writing means to me, "It's fun." Harris L. Kligman

Audiobook tittles are also available for purchase through Audible, iTunes and Amazon. Audible stores distributes each title in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan.

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