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An example from his own life: If a team gets sponsored, it’s always by someone humiliating. His hockey team was sponsored by “Pretty Polly Paint and Wallpaper.” How about that on your jersey?
Korman loves observation-fed writing.
Who was weirdest school bus driver you ever had?
What’s the worst food in your cafeteria?
The teen audience is incredibly sophisticated when it comes to authentic dialogue. You’ve got to write good dialogue for teens.
For example, how does a character say hello? S/he probably doesn’t say hello. Korman says, Characters almost have a dialogue fingerprint to them. Korman loves the little quirks of dialogue.