Goodreads asked Zoe Archer:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Zoe Archer Firstly, read. You cannot truly write if it's a one-sided conversation. That's actually a monologue, not a conversation. You need to see what other people are doing, what moves you, and even what doesn't work for you.

Secondly, write. I know that sounds obvious, but one of the biggest obstacles a writer has to her work is the act of writing itself. A book (or poem or screenplay) cannot exist unless it's on the page, not in your head. Also important is to give your work to others with the intent of gathering constructive criticism and feedback. An unread piece has only completed half of the journey. It's like taking a picture but not developing the film.

If you are an aspiring romance author, then I'd suggest joining the Romance Writers of America. They provide tremendous support and many resources to writers who want to break into the business, as well as networking and advocacy for those who are published. If you aren't a romance author, then do a search of local writing groups and join one. You'll gain support there, too, plus guidance and advice for moving forward with your work.

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