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'Gayle's 5 Steps to Slam'

Step 1: Begin with a life experience, good or bad. Take that event and write it down.

Step 2: Read it aloud.

Step 3: Trim it down. Take away the excess — everything that is not "heart."

Step 4: Repeat step two. Be sure not to trim too much.

Step 5: "Add the flavor." Let yourself go. Incorporate your personality.

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