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The benefits of calling sources

To write better stories, conquer your hang-ups and pick up the phone.

Calling sources
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Jeff Pearlman, the best-selling sports author, has a mantra I have made my own: Make the extra phone call. A story is only as good as the color and the quotes you acquire; you have to talk to people.

I realize this is a daunting request to ask writers, many of whom – including myself – like to avoid regular human interaction in favor of a blank screen and a quiet space.

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