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Prominent fortune cookie writer retiring due to writer's block

Wonton Food Inc produces 4.5 million fortune cookies a day. (Source: Pixabay) Wonton Food Inc produces 4.5 million fortune cookies a day. (Source: Pixabay)

(RNN) – Every now and then, even the best writers hit a creative wall. Including one of the country’s most prominent fortune cookie writers.

Donald Lau has worked at Wonton Food Inc. for 30 years as both a fortune writer and chief financial officer.  But he's retiring from at least one of his roles after a linguistic dry spell. 

"I have writer's block. I used to write 100 a year, but I've only written two or three a month over the past year," Lau told Time.

But hungry diners across the country need words of affirmation, life-guiding wisdom and the occasional lotto number sequence. 

So, Lau wrote himself out of the job by training a replacement. James Wong, 43, is now chief fortune writer for the company.

"I passed the pen to him," he said. "It’s his responsibility now."

Lau is expected to continue as CFO at Wonton Food, where an estimated 4.5 million fortune cookies are produced every day.  

In his new role, Wong said he draws fortune-writing inspiration from home, specifically from his 10-year-old daughter.

"I think about what I need to talk to her about," he told Time. "One thing that came to me fairly recently is based on an old Chinese proverb: failure is the mother of success. That's something that I really want my daughter to embrace - that it's OK to fail, but if you learn from every failure, you will become successful." 

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