Goodreads asked Lindsay McKenna:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Lindsay McKenna For "young" writers (as I refer to them....meaning they are struggling to write and publish), you can do what I did: write every day. It doesn't matter whether it's a sentence, a paragraph, a page or ten pages. To grist the mill of your right hemisphere of our brain where all our creativity is posited, you must build "muscle memory" and that means doing it the hard way: doing it every day. I wrote for 22 years and garnered 1000 reject slips (magazines, book publishers, articles) and learned early on that "no" was one person's opinion only. I was not going to allow one "no" from a publisher stop me from trying to learn my craft, write and sell. It took me a long time, but I persevered and now, I have 115 books in print. So, I'm a great role model of stubborn persistence, if nothing else, haha. The other rule is: write what you love. Write your passion. Do NOT write what others are writing. Always write from your heart, what drives you to want to know what your characters do next, what happens next. Write for yourself and the rest will reorder itself over time. I've always written for myself, for what I'd like to read in a book if I pick one up. This is where you develop your "voice" as a writer. Understanding that your voice is unique to you and NO ONE can write like you can. Write ON!

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