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Larry Watson Visits Bismarck State College

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Students in a Bismarck State College had an award winning author visit their classroom today.
Ben Smith reports,

"But books are important, writers are not important but books are important." said Larry Watson, Author of American Boy

"Writers aren't these larger than life people that live behind gated communities they are everyday people, they walk amongst us." said Michael R. Tomanek, Assistant Professor of English at BSC

English students at Bismarck State College had an accomplished author walking amongst them today.  

Larry Watson, who grew up in Bismarck, spoke to students about the benefits of being a writer.
"People with lots of occupations can't think they'll continue to get better but writers can, artists can."
"I'm 66 years old and I get to think that the next book I write might be better than anything that I have written before."

Watson has had 9 books published.  He gave students an idea of how he begins the process.

"When I start a book, there are a few things I have.  I will have made a decision on setting, characters, some relationships among characters. I make it up as I go along.  I don't outline, I take some notes."

Watson, who is also a teacher, said that the best way to produce good work, is to just write.

"So if its crap, I can make it better.  If I get it on the page, I can make it better, if I don't put it on the page, I can't make it better."
"But there is no way of knowing with any certainty weather something is good or not, before it's written."

Ben Smith, KXnews

Watson said that many of his memories of growing up in Bismarck have been represented in his stories.


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