I once asked my father what he felt was the secret to good writing. I was about 16 and was struggling to complete a school English paper when I turned to my father for advice, he being the famous writer of the family.
Trying to make a go as a comedian in New York City, Jeff Ragsdale found himself stymied. Ragsdale crafted a simple message and put it on a flyer that he posted all over the city: "If anyone wants to talk about anything, call me, (347) 469-3173. Jeff, one lonely guy"