Goodreads asked C.J. Ellisson:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

C.J. Ellisson Never give up. This is the hardest career I've ever had. Don't let your fellow writers or industry gatekeepers tell you you can't make it, or your story won't find an audience because of X, Y or Z. That doesn't mean you shouldn't always work to improve your craft and tighten your prose, but it does mean that you shouldn't let someone else's hang-ups and fears become your own.

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