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in front of me through no fault of my own. Accidents like that often result in shout- ing matches. Instead of that happening, the couple in the other car understood it wasn’t my fault when I explained the pe- dal went to the floor and nothing hap- pened. As we talked we discovered we liked each other and became friends as a result of the accident. The friendship last- ed for nearly five years. They were people I wouldn’t have normally met, but I loved hearing about their life and they were anxious to know about mine. It turned out her father was a famous musician, named George Van Epps who was called the “father of the seven-string guitar.” She would make a great character. Perhaps one day a scene will appear in one of my books or stories where parties to a fender bender become friends and the person who got hit is a person like her. Keep your ideas fresh without leaving your own back yard. Actually make a list of things you do by rote or routes you take without think- ing. Then make a list of things you can do that will broaden your horizons by just trying something new. EXERCISE Actually make a list of things you do by rote or routes you take without thinking. Then make a list of things you can do that will broaden your horizons by just trying something new. Excerpted from the book Writers Tricks of the Trade BOOKS BY MORGAN ST. JAMES W INTER 2019 P AGE 28 W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE