What is the best writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was to approach writing as a profession and not as the endeavor of an amateur. Professionals hone whatever skill they have to create a product that people will want badly enough to give some of their pay/time/effort/lives/etc in order to enjoy it. As they create, they think of …

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Should I continue with my novel even though there’s a published novel with a similar plot?

Should you continue with plans to write a novel if you find a similar one that’s been written before? Of course you should! A publisher — can’t remember which one except that it was in New York City — said that one of his biggest problems was writers who contacted them threatening to sue because …

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What do you do when your writers block won’t end after years of being able to write?

What to do when writer’s block stops you cold? You stop writing, forget all about your plot, your characters, your theme, your editor,  your publisher, and yourself. You go somewhere where you feel comfortable. Maybe that’s somewhere else physically and maybe it’s somewhere inside of yourself. You don’t come back until you are completely rested …

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