How I Wrote My First Book: The Art of Reverse Engineering

Make Anything Figure Out-able by Working Backwards

Karla Starr
3 min readApr 27, 2022

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight.

Eight.

In other words: I’ve spent countless hours in high school writing bad poetry. Essays, articles, and short stories in college. I wrote two novels in my 20’s. I’ve consumed more writing advice in my lifetime than a human should.

While that advice helped for crafting pretty sentences, it was missing something when it came to…

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Karla Starr

Speaker & author x2, inc. Making Numbers Count (w/ Chip Heath). Behavioral science, cultural history, numbers.